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How to Develop an Effective Mentoring Program

OnDemand Webinar (86 minutes)

Learn the steps needed to design and implement an effective workplace mentoring program.Creating a structured mentoring program is a powerful way to support the personal growth and career development of employees. Mentoring also enhances the stability and productivity of an organization through employee retention, succession planning, transfer of knowledge, and leadership development. The problem is that many businesses believe that mentoring consists of just putting two people together -- but this is not accurate. Without proper planning, mentoring programs are bound to fail. This topic demystifies workplace mentoring by focusing on specific tasks described in mentoring's Effective Practices. Addressed in chronological order, the tasks are: recruiting, screening, training, matching, monitoring and support, and providing closure. In addition to discussing these basic mentoring program tasks, the facilitators will discuss the training materials and documentation needed for successful mentoring efforts. After this topic, you will have a much better understanding of the steps needed to design and implement an effective workplace mentoring program.


Jerry Sherk, M.A., Mentor Management Systems Judy Strother Taylor, Mentor Management Systems


Overview of Workplace Mentoring

• History of Organized Mentoring Efforts

• Benefits of Workplace Mentoring

What It Takes to Be an Effective Mentor

• Mentors in Your Life

• Mentoring Dos and Don'ts

• Traits of Successful Mentors

• Research-Based Mentoring Strategies

• Mentoring Tools

Developing an Effective Mentoring Program

• Planning Mission, Vision and Program Structure

• Staffing Needs

• Recruiting Mentors and Mentees

• Training Program Participants

• Developing a Matching Plan

• Supporting and Monitoring Matches

• Mentor and Mentee Recognition

• Match Closure

• Match and Program Evaluation