There is a dichotomy in the workplace in respect of learning and development: 94% of employees would stay at a company longer if it invested in their career yet the number one reason that employees don’t do training is that they don’t have time. A culture that values learning and positively promotes it is key. We believe that a well set up and structured mentoring scheme can provide measurable business impact and create a supportive working environment.
We’re really passionate about the power of mentoring and sponsorship we’re equally passionate about doing it right. Often mentoring programmes are set up as a great initiative that is “nice to have” but is ill thought through. Without the right structure and process mentoring often peters out or is a poor experience for mentor or mentee or at worse for both. Only 1 in 3 mentoring relationships are successful without training
HBR research concludes that promotion to top jobs relies upon sponsorship regardless of gender. In addition, studies show that women’s networks are largely female or mixed (vs Men’s that are predominately male) so access to a sponsor provides the increased visibility and support that women desperately need and provides a stronger pipeline of future female talent that companies urgently require.