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National Mentoring Month 2020 #mentoringstories
#MentoringStories - FOX
National Mentoring Month is the time of year to reflect on mentoring relationships that have made an impact in your life and in your career. MentorcliQ kicks off 2020's National Mentoring Month with the #MentoringStories series. We are excited to share inspiring mentoring stories from customers that are making their employee's careers brighter and gratifying through employee mentoring programs. In this series, we are going to highlight some stories from real mentoring program participants. Our first mentoring story comes from 21st Century Fox!What Mentoring Means At 21st Century Fox
Mentoring at 21st Century Fox became a priority in early 2018 after a global people survey revealed that employees #1 need was a way to feel connected with others in the organization. Sean Cain, VP of Career Development at 21st Century Fox, saw an opportunity to "Create a culture of talent mobility" that would ultimately "Build on the central need of people and unlock the hidden social capital of the business". By connecting people and enabling them to share their passions and expertise 21st Century Fox is simultaneously fulfilling an employee need and getting a better ROI on the people they hired and trained.
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After successful buy-in from executive leadership the peer-to-peer mentoring program was built with the goal to cultivate relationships and business opportunities across organizational silos. The program was an overnight success! In the first 6 months the program saw over 4,000 mentoring hours across 16 brands with countless success stories from program participants. To further validate the success of the program, Sean received the 2019 Workforce Game Changer Award for making innovation through mentoring happen in the workplace.
21st Century Fox #MentoringStories
Measuring a culture change that highlights talent mobility is inherently qualitative. The following 4 quotes highlight a few of the mentoring relationships taking place at 21st Century Fox:
"This has been an incredible employee engagement and retention tool. Employees have stated that the mentoring program has led to innovative business solutions, new internal opportunities AND as reasons for turning down external competitive offers."
This insight by a senior leader at 21st Century Fox recognizes the positive changes being made through the employee mentoring program in areas such as talent retention, mobility, and innovative thinking.
"Although we are both in design, our career paths couldn’t be more different...it has been a great learning experience for both of us in terms of approach and thinking."
Although the program was designed to share knowledge across silos, individuals in the same business unit are equally benefitting from being able to share experiences with colleagues and be exposed to new perspectives and ways of thinking.
"We have been able to educate each other on some of the best practices in each of our organizations to make our teams stronger."
When experiences are shared across brands and silos people are able to learn others' best practices to build stronger and more connected teams.
"I realized that my mentee could provide insights to my sales staff...I want her to share ins-outs of how she sells...growing sales is a huge priority for me and I think it’s a win-win."
Finally, one important thing to remember, mentoring programs are not created to only benefit mentees. Often mentors can gain just as much if not more knowledge from the relationship.
These are just some of the ways that mentoring is making a difference at 21st Century Fox!
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About Megan Wolverton
Megan is the Senior Director of Marketing and is passionate about helping customers cultivate and share mentoring success stories! Prior to joining the CliQ, Megan spent significant amounts of time in academia and traveling the Western Hemisphere working as a field scientist in biological oceanography and marine ecology. As an adjunct faculty member, Megan developed a passion for mentoring others and quickly found herself in sales, marketing, and customer success roles in the mentoring industry. Being able to leverage her research background Megan has excelled as a data-driven marketer and has found her home at MentorcliQ developing content to highlight the successes of clients mentoring programs and continue to spread the word on the power of mentoring.