40+ Definitive Mentoring Stats for 2022

– A MentorcliQ Article –

40+ Definitive Mentoring Stats for 2022

In 2021, one of the most pressing issues for companies was employee retention. The global pandemic caused many workers to rethink the value of work in their lives. The result? The Great Resignation. Now, companies are seeking any method they can find to reduce employee turnover. Many are starting to turn their eyes toward mentoring. That begs the question: Is mentoring a viable option for employee retention and engagement? A quick look at what the Fortune500 are doing as well as 40+ other mentoring stats for 2022 offers some insights and answers some very important questions about why mentoring is a growing trend.

Looking for something specific?  You can jump to stats in each of the following sections:

  1. What the Fortune 500 Are Doing
  2. Why Is Mentoring in Demand?
  3. Mentoring for Career and Skill Development
  4. Mentoring for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  5. Mentoring Millennials and Gen Z

Leading by Example – Fortune 500 Mentoring

Effective, high-quality data now plays a central role in every industry, especially talent management. Business leaders rely on strong data for every major decision, including the running cost/benefit analyses on existing engagement strategies, or as they explore the potential ROI of creating new ones. That includes whether or not to launch or expand mentoring programs. In 2009 companies started reporting that, “70% of Fortune 500 companies use mentoring programs”. In a recent, in-depth study of the mentoring landscape among US Fortune 500 companies, we’ve discovered that it is time to expire this heavily-cited data point and replace it with the following key takeaways:

  • 84% of US Fortune 500 companies have mentoring programs
  • 100% of US Fortune 50 companies have mentoring programs
  • On average, US Fortune 500 companies with mentoring programs had better profits during the 2020 Covid-19 economic downturn
  • On average, companies with female CEOs suffered the least impact on their profits following the 2020 Covid-19 economic downturn
  • Companies in the Retail, Automotive, and Food & Beverage industries have the largest percentage of companies on the US Fortune 500 list without mentoring programs, despite having categorically-high employee turnover rates

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Why Is Mentoring in Demand?

Mentoring is no longer a “nice to have”. It’s essential for businesses that want to thrive within a post-pandemic world. If the Great Resignation taught us anything, it’s that workers with in-demand skills are willing to walk away from their current employer if it means finding a job that offers a better quality of life, better work-life balance, higher pay, more upskilling and reskilling opportunities, and deeper and more meaningful workplace connections and interactions.

  • 65% of people (or more) were looking for a new job in 2021. That trend is likely to continue into 2022. (PwC)
  • US businesses lose close to 1 trillion dollars annually due to employee turnover as the cost to replace an employee can be up to 2x the employees’ salary. (Gallup)
  • Workers at practically every level (individual contributor, manager, senior manager, and vice president) are significantly less likely to consider quitting if they have a mentor. (CNBC/SurveyMonkey)

Companies that invest in their people avoid losing great talent. Recent surveys, studies, and reports tend to back that up, as well:

  • 94% of workers would stay longer and their employer offered more learning and career development opportunities. (LinkedIn)
  • 90% of workers who have a mentor report being happy in their job. (CNBC/Survey Monkey)
  • Employees who are involved in mentoring programs have a 50% higher retention rate than those not involved in mentoring and 93% of mentees believe their mentoring relationship was useful. (MentorcliQ)

As a result, companies are looking at mentoring as a way to help meet their talent goals:

  • In its 2022 L&D Social Sentiment Survey, Donald H. Taylor discovered that mentoring is now the #4 on a list of learning and development strategies L&D teams are looking at. That’s an increase from #6 in the 2021 survey and the largest rank increase of any other strategy on the list. (Donald H. Taylor)
  • The pandemic caused a 30% increase in mentoring initiatives at organizations (LHH)
  • Between 56% to 71% of organizations (or more) now use mentoring to some degree (DDI, LHH)

Long story short: Workers are growing anxious. The pandemic caused a fundamental shift in how people view their relationship to work. People are reassessing the meaning of work itself, tying it into their greater meaning as it regards what they want out of life, and effectively voting with their feet. Companies are now catching on to the wide employee retention and engagement issues that mentoring can solve.

We’ve highlighted more examples of mentoring facts and stats below to help paint the picture even further.

Mentoring for Career and Skill Development

Particularly in light of the Great Resignation, workers want the opportunity to grow and learn. In fact, over 66% of workers are willing to retrain and reskill for new jobs. However, the desire to learn alone through digital courses is waning. Many people prefer not to simply learn alone from digital courses but through 1-to-1 or 1-to-many mentoring relationships.

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Source: Coqual

Quick facts on mentoring within sponsorship programs for career development:

  • 81% of people with a mentor said that their mentor works in the same industry and 61% state that their mentor works at the same organization. (Olivet Nazarene University)
  • 41% of people stated that their mentoring relationship has formal goals. (Olivet Nazarene University)
  • 27% of sponsors advocate for their protégé’s promotion. (Coqual)
  • 54% of sponsors believe in their protégé’s leadership ability. (Coqual)
  • 73% of sponsors look for protégé’s who have a proven track record of success and high ability. (Coqual)

Impact of mentoring on employees career development and advancement:

  • Individuals who choose to be a sponsor, mentor, or coach are more likely to reap the benefits for their own skills. Most (57%) expand their skill sets (versus 40% or non-sponsors); 41% are more likely to pick up tasks they don’t like to do (versus 26% of non-sponsors); 43% expand their knowledge of their customer base (versus 26% of non-sponsors), and 30% expand their knowledge potential new customers or market segments (versus 19% of non-sponsors). (Coqual)
  • Leaders who sponsor or mentor others are twice as likely to be aware of junior-level colleagues’ concerns. (Coqual)
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Source: Coqual

In addition,

  • 25% of mentees experienced an increase in their salary, compared to 5% of people not involved in mentoring. (Sun Microsystems)
  • Employees involved in mentoring are promoted 5x more often than those not involved in mentoring. (Sun Microsystems)
  • Those who serve as a mentor are 6X more likely to be promoted to a higher position. (Sun Microsystems)
  • Around 60% of both men and women who serve as sponsors are satisfied with their career advancement. (Coqual)
  • 66% of employees who sponsor, coach, or mentor others are satisfied with their ability to deliver on difficult projects. (Coqual)

 Mentoring for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The majority of the workforce now wants employers who value diversity, equity, and inclusion. In fact, a CNBC/SurveyMonkey survey discovered that 80% of workers want to work for companies that prioritize DEI. And while the data on the benefits of mentoring and its positive impacts on women in the workplace has become far more robust in the past few years, we’ve noticed a significant lack of available data on how mentoring benefits employees who identify as BIPOC of LGBTQ+.

As DEI becomes more important to company culture, more research and data will be needed in the near future to highlight the benefits and gaps in mentoring for many workers within historically underrepresented groups.

Mentoring stats on racial and ethnic diversity:

  • 65% of workers say DEI is more important following the BLM Movement. (MentorcliQ)
  • 80% of workers believe that inclusivity, sponsorship, allyship, participation, and skill-building are key drivers for DEI mentoring programs. (MentorcliQ)
  • 72% of DiversityInc Top 50 companies have reverse mentoring programs. (DiversityInc)
  • Traditional 1-to-1 mentoring is the most popular type of DEI mentoring program style according to 38% of workers. That’s followed closely by 31% who most desire 1/1 reverse mentoring. (MentorcliQ)
  • Companies that have racially diverse leadership teams are 33% more profitable. (McKinsey)
  • 71% of executives choose a protégé that’s their same gender or race. (Coqual)
  • 67% of white workers who are satisfied with their career advancement have a mentor, compared to 56% of people of color. (Coqual)
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Gender diversity:

  • 69% of women who have a mentor choose one of their same gender, compared to 82% of men. (Olivet Nazarene University)
  • 78% of women in senior roles have served as a formal mentor at least once in their career. (DDI)
  • 63% of women report that they’ve never had a formal mentor. (DDI)
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Source: DDI
  • 67% of women rate having a mentor as extremely important to their career advancement. (DDI)
  • Firms with a larger number of women serving in executive-level positions enjoyed a 6% increase in net profitability. (PIIE)
  • Only 54% of women report that they’ve ever been asked to be a mentor in their career. (DDI)
  • 70% of women who mentor other women report that they choose to mentor in order to be supportive of other women. (DDI)
  • Only 54% of women report that they’ve ever been asked to be a mentor in their career. (DDI)
  • 70% of women who mentor other women report that they choose to mentor in order to be supportive of other women. (DDI)
  • The biggest considerations for women considering becoming mentors include time commitment (75%), subject matter expertise (54%), and their relationship to the mentee (54%). Most other factors, such as the gender of the mentee (2%) and the age of the mentee (4%) tend not to matter. (DDI)
  • 53% of women mentees felt that they didn’t have adequate training to be mentors in a formal mentoring relationship. (DDI)
  • Women are 10% more likely to accept a request to be a mentor if their organization has a formal mentoring program. (DDI)


Mentoring Millennials and Gen Z

The look of the labor market is changing, fast. Alight (formerly NGA Human Resources) predicts that by 2025, 42.5% of the workforce will be Millennials (aged 25-44 during that year) and that 28.2% will be Gen Z (aged 16 to 24). For Millennials, in particular, the coming decade will be critical for future career moves. Consequently, Millennials (and Gen Z) are starting to think more deeply about topics such as skill development, career development, and quality of life.

Did you know?

  • 49% of Millennials are looking at quitting their jobs within the next two years. (Deloitte)
  • Millennials are more likely to quit because of a lack of career advancement opportunities (35%) and a lack of learning and development opportunities (28%). (Deloitte)
  • Gen Z strongly believes in learning, as 76% see learning as critical to their career advancement. (Forbes)

How mentoring helps your next-generation employees:

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Source: DDI
  • 68% of millennials who stay at their organization for 5 or more years have a mentor, compared to just 32% of those without a mentor. (Deloitte)
  • 82% of Gen Z individuals want supervisors to help them set goals. (Springtide Ressearch Institute).
  • 73% of Gen Z are motivated to do a better job when they feel their supervisor cares about them. (SHRM)
  • Millennial and Gen Z workers who have a mentor are 21% to 23% more likely to report being satisfied with their current job, compared to those without a mentor.  (CNBC/SurveyMonkey)

Do you need help using mentoring statistics to build the case for mentoring at your organization? Book a call today to learn more about how mentoring software can increase employee engagement and retention.

Sam Cook
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