The concept of mentoring is certainly not something new. In fact, the word originates from a character in Homer’s classic poem “The Odyssey,” which dates back to three millennia ago.
But that doesn’t mean that the concept has been static. Traditional mentoring relationships have often formed naturally, with older people often passing along knowledge and wisdom to younger ones. Structured mentoring programs in organizations have become a powerful tool for learning and development. A core set of best practices have emerged to guide organizations.
To better understand this evolution and current trends, we partnered with the HR.com Research Institute to hear from over 330 industry professionals in virtually every industry vertical.
In this study, we explore a variety of related topics:
- The global state of mentoring today
- The characteristics and purpose of mentoring programs
- Success and satisfaction with mentoring programs
- The various types of mentoring and how they are delivered
- How organizations with more successful mentoring programs tend to differ from organizations with less successful programs