Mentoring programs at work (part 5)

A mentoring program can have significant benefits for your organization.

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This is the fifth HRAskeMe nugget on the subject of mentoring. Previously we outlined the four major steps in the process of developing and implementing a formal mentoring program: PLAN / ENGAGE / MAINTAIN / STEWARD. In this nugget we'll look at the key elements in PLANNING A MENTORING PROGRAM.

OBJECTIVES – Should be specific, designed to reflect the needs of your organization and provide the framework for your later stewardship. Following are some potential objectives to consider:

  • Facilitate early engagement of new hires.
  • Improve the processes for growth and development.
  • Contribute to the development of useful networks.
  • Increase trust and effective communications.
  • Increase earlier productivity.


SCHEDULE – In establishing your schedule, consider the following items:

  • The business or planning cycle for your organization as it affects the availability of management resources.
  • Key tasks to be completed.
  • Completion dates.
  • Key contact persons.


BUDGET – A typical mentoring program budget will include the following items:

  • Materials for communication, engagement and  training.
  • Events including kick-off, team building and wrap-up.
  • Awards and momentos.


COMMUNICATIONS – Your communications plan should include the following:

  • Clear definitions of the different target audiences (managers, potential mentors, employees).
  • The messages to be delivered to each target audience. Be clear about the business case and call to action.
  • The procedures for engaging in the programs.


OTHER RESOURCES – Your plan will need to address other questions, including the following:

  • Who will manage and administer the program?
  • Should you have a steering committee?
  • What is the succession plan for key roles in the program?


In future nuggets we'll develop key points for ENGAGING, MAINTAINING and STEWARDSHIP.

Here are links to our first four nuggets on mentoring:

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