How to Build A Successful Mentoring Program


Mentoring is an effective way to boost employee retention. According to the Association for Talent Development, 77 percent of companies that implemented mentoring programs reported that they were successful in increasing employee retention. In addition, 35 percent of employees who do not receive regular mentoring after a period of 12 months reported that they were more likely to look for another job. A mentoring program not only can boost employee retention but also help your company prepare employees for senior roles and increase productivity levels. 

In addition, research shows that Millennials place a higher premium on mentorship and training than on the size of their paychecks. In fact, more than 60 percent of college and graduate students list mentoring as a criterion for choosing an employer. Companies are responding to these young workers accordingly. In fact, 76 percent of Fortune magazine’s top 25 companies offer mentoring programs. But millennials are not only on the receiving end of mentorship. They are also mentoring more seasoned workers on topics such as social media and other forms of technology, creating two-way benefits. 

“How to Build a Successful Mentoring Program” is a guide that offers practical tips for developing and implementing both one-on-one and group mentoring programs. The guide shows companies how to lay the groundwork for the mentoring program, launch the program, train participants, build relationships, assess progress and evaluate the program’s effectiveness. This MBA@UNC resource guide draws on the expertise of faculty from UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. Poets & Quants ranks Kenan-Flagler No. 4 in the country for best MBA teaching faculty. In addition, the school is ranked No. 7 in the country for leadership development by Bloomberg Businessweek. If you are interested in learning more about launching a mentoring program, check out the in-depth action steps in this guide.

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