Successful Mentoring Program Planning
While the results of a successful mentoring program are immeasurably rewarding, the process of planning a mentoring program - or reviewing the success of an existing program - can be a big challenge. Whether you are setting up a mentoring program for the near future, or looking to improve an already-running mentoring program, several questions must first be answered in the mentoring program planning phase, including:
Is everyone clear regarding the precise definition of "mentoring" within our organization/team/program?
What expectations do stakeholders (mentors, mentees, managers, HR, and business sponsors) have of the program?
Do all stakeholders and mentoring program participants fully understand their roles?
Has a specific set of program and partnership objectives been agreed upon by key decision makers?
How will program ROI be measured? What specific success metrics will be used?
The Hi-Impact Mentoring® M*O*R*E (Mentoring Organizational Readiness and Effectiveness) Workshop is an expert-led strategy session in which key stakeholders will be guided in answering those specific questions, and many more, which are crucial to the success of mentoring as a business strategy. In the workshop, stakeholders will:
Understand the critical success factors of any mentoring program and how to avoid mistakes
Build a business case for mentoring to position it strategically and measure success
Gain expert advice on managing program challenges and avoiding pitfalls
Depending on your needs, the workshop can take either a one or two-day format, facilitated on-site or at any other convenient location.
The M*O*R*E Workshop and Mentoring Program Planning:
The M*O*R*E Workshop will help you plan your mentoring program around:
Your program's specific business objectives
Appropriate success metrics based on your objectives
Tasks required to execute each aspect of your program
A best-practice communication plan
Ideal role profiles / qualifications for participants
Content needed to engage and train participants targeted for your program
Critical process components to ensure complete tracking and reporting of success measurements
Mentoring Program Planning: Benefits
Strategic Program Plan - Create the most successful plan for your mentoring program in a collaborative setting with the assistance of an industry expert.
Optimal Implementation - Prepare your team to implement the most effective mentoring program possible from start to finish.
Maximized ROI - Generate maximum return on investment from the program.
Sustainability - Position your mentoring program for sustainability and generate a lasting impact for your organization.
Gain expert advice on managing your mentoring program
Insala helped address some of the key challenges we faced at Unilever, which is virtual mentoring, as many of our mentees and mentors are not in the same geographic location. Insala's mentoring consultant, Judy Corner, is a true mentoring specialist and a highly engaging individual.
Our pilot Mentoring programme using the Insala platform has been well received by our participants and has given our Mentees the tools to chose an appropriate Mentor to meet their own specific development and career needs. Organisationally the portal is encouraging networking and collaboration across both business lines and functions and locations. The Insala team are professional, pragmatic and agile and have worked closely with us to deliver our pilot programme to meet our business needs
I worked with Judy Corner of Insala to develop a customized mentoring program for International Paper. Judy provided a degree of confidence to the Chairman's Diversity Council as she presented a pragmatic, visionary, long term perspective on the benefits to be gained from Insala's program. Following the M.O.R.E. workshop, participants were surveyed on session effectiveness and Insala received a 100% favorable rating on the value of the day. I highly recommend Insala and believe they offer a distinct advantage to companies looking to advance their position in the ongoing war for talent.
As part of a talent management initiative, United Nations Federal Credit Union (UNFCU), partnered with Insala to provide high potential/high performing staff with a structured vehicle to develop their career goals. From the onset, the Insala team provided exceptional client service, ensuring UNFCU had knowledgeable technical resources at its disposal throughout the implementation of its Career Development portal. Insala's partnership with UNFCU has directly impacted its ability to solidify an effective succession planning program and retain our high potential/high performing talent.
Insala provided a global online solution which helped align our business strategy with our management needs for the future. With their product, we were able to understand our skill gaps and develop our future leaders with the findings. This solution took one hour for an employee to complete, eliminated drawers of paperwork, and provided upper management instant visibility on our progress.
ACCA aims to provide our 110,000 members and 260,000 students with direct access to the most exciting and rewarding job opportunities currently available in the world of business and finance. Our online Career Management Resources, available through ACCA Careers, is powered by EmploymentTalk™ and allows our members, students and affiliates to use their time both efficiently and effectively on critical career development activities, while EmploymentTalk™ organizes and plans the route to career success.
Our partnership with Insala has allowed us to offer an entirely new service to our job seekers, which helps prepare them for getting their next job. The assessments and career advice tools offered through our site continue to be successful, and the seamless support provided has proven very efficient. Insala consistently responds in a swift fashion whenever we need assistance, and continues to provide us with a very professional service.
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The Schegg Group
We first started using EmploymentTalk™ in our practice in 2001, and have stuck with it ever since. What spurred us to stay on was both the professionalism and responsiveness of the Insala team, as well as the regular software upgrades we received, which ensured we had a cutting edge tool at any given time. Today, EmploymentTalk™ enables us to deliver a longer duration of outplacement services and thereby exceed our clients' expectations. As more and more organizations look to provide cost-effective, efficient and high-impact outplacement, we are able to meet their needs.
This is a fantastic product that will really help our workforce. The Insala team has done a great job maximizing the application capabilities and tailoring it to help our diverse workforce in transition. They've demonstrated a true partnership in providing us with expert assistance, met our special needs, and done so in a timely and cost effective manner.
Kaiser-Hill Company, LLC
Insala has excelled as a global technology partner to our organization. Insala is not only a provider and implementer of superior career management technology, but a constant and reliable source of ideas and best practices in our industry. Having Insala as a strategic partner has enabled our organization to provide superior, seamless career management and transition services to corporate clients worldwide, and has positioned OI Partners as a global leader in the delivery of career transition services.
Joy Reed Belt, Ph.D.
OI Partners, Americas
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