Avoid These Three Scenarios for Mentoring Program Success
Scenario #1: Started Strong, But Fizzled Fast
You have a specific plan for implementing mentoring with a targeted group of people. You have excitement around the program and support from key stakeholders. You have the energy and momentum to kick off the program to great fanfare. And then…nothing happens.
You begin the day-to-day work of managing your program only to find out that not as many people have signed up as you expected. Or maybe you discover that your program is competing with a similar initiative in the organization from another department or that your key stakeholder has moved on to another project (or even another company). The fantastic excitement from only a few short months ago can quickly fade and leave you feeling like you are stuck in place with no idea of how to proceed.
So what do you do? Identifying the reasons for lower than expected participation is a good first step (MentorcliQ can help with this). You should also investigate how you have marketed your program to your intended audience and assess if your message is getting through to them. Lastly, you should identify and ask other stakeholders to speak up about the program to help you draw attention to it.
So what do you do? Look for areas within your organization where there is a business need that mentoring can help solve. Do you need to have better employee retention or engagement? Are you trying to improve diversity and inclusion? Do you need to get better results from your formal training programs or onboarding program? Identify one area to start and connect mentoring to that business need. This will give you the opportunity to target a key audience and measure success before you take the program to more people.
So what do you do? Assign someone who will be your mentoring program point person. This person will be the go-to administrator of the program and will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the program. If your administrator gets reassigned or leaves, be sure to assign a new point person and foster a smooth transition between the two. Training and communication are critical here.
While all of these scenarios can lead to problems for your mentoring program, the good news is that MentorcliQ can help. Our mentoring experts have seen this and more when it comes to what not to do with your mentoring program, and we can help you avoid these mistakes altogether. Contact us today to discuss your mentoring issues and to dive into some of the best practices we can provide related to mentoring software and mentoring programs overall.