Mentoring Best Practices

Confused about where to start in implementing a mentoring program?

Successful mentoring programs must:

  • Be rooted in a business or strategic need
  • Have visible support from top leadership
  • Have clear and specific implementation and maintenance plans
  • Include a system for measuring and documenting success, needs, and future improvements
  • Provide orientation, training, and ongoing support and resources to all participants – mentors and mentees
  • Include a closing ceremony to recognize the good work of the participants and encourage mentees to become mentors
  • Have follow-up evaluations to determine the lasting impact of the mentoring program

Think about your organization’s mentoring program, if you have one, and whether or not these characteristics are present.


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