Labcorp Is Building an Inclusive Workforce Through Reverse Diverse Mentoring

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by Calvin Coffee

April 19, 2022

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With younger generations of talent now making up most of the workforcemore likely to change jobs and far more diverse than older generations, successful organizations must understand who they are and what they value.

According to a survey by Glassdoor, more than 75 percent of current employees and job seekers report that a diverse workforce is crucial when evaluating companies and job offers. Labcorp’s reverse diverse mentoring program works to capitalize on all of these workforce trends — in 2020, the first year of the program, more than 50 percent of diversity mentors were promoted after participating in the DEI program. 

In partnership with MentorcliQ and led by Labcorp’s learning and development manager, Mary Schlegel, their reverse diverse mentoring program increases equity and inclusivity, and sharpens influences on current leaders by assigning younger employees with diverse backgrounds as diversity mentors to executives.

“We must pay attention to who is influencing our leaders,” Schlegel says. “We must be learning from those who come alongside and after us, and making sure that we are creating an inclusive environment that captures the value of all of our employees and employees who will become leaders in the future.”