Mentoring has been the foundation of strong businesses for decades now. The NIH’s Office of Human Resources points out that mentoring benefits employees by enhancing their professional development. At the same time, it helps companies build a skilled and well-rounded workforce and cultivate an open, inviting culture.
Yet mentoring can go even further when executives are the mentees. HR solutions provider LHH explains that this form of mentoring — also known as executive coaching — helps long-time leaders acquire and further hone the emotional intelligence and soft skills necessary for the modern workplace.
With all the advantages mentoring provides, you may want to establish mentoring programs in your own organization. Below are a few online tools you can try so these programs cater to all your employees and executives — whether they work remotely, on a hybrid model, or simply wish to have a more flexible learning schedule.
You may want to figure out how many of your employees and executives are interested in joining a mentorship program. With online platforms like Google Forms and SurveyMonkey, you can quickly gain the information you need to build it. Aside from determining who among your staff may register for mentoring, you can learn more about what skills they’re most interested in learning and what they expect to see in the program. If you’re gunning for an internal senior-junior employee mentorship program, you can even gauge which employees and executives are more suited to be mentors or mentees.
Mentorship matching platforms
A great mentor-mentee relationship is crucial to the success of your mentorship program, and mutual respect helps both parties become more open to working together. UX designer Julia Kornmann adds that most junior employees have a hard time finding a mentor. Matching mentors and mentees manually based on gut feeling won’t always be successful — and it’s a practice that’s difficult to scale for larger businesses. Mentoring matching platforms like Mentorloop or Together can help you pair mentors and mentees more accurately. These tools usually match the two based on similar characteristics and expectations for what they’ll get from the mentoring relationship.
Learning management systems (LMS)
Mentoring is a personal process, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be digitized. An LMS helps maintain the personal aspect of mentoring with added benefits. Better scalability allows businesses of all sizes to easily accommodate staff and mentors, while enhanced flexibility helps mentors and mentees work on their schedules. In our review of the virtual platform TalentLMS, we furthered that automated features help mentors create their courses and assignments through a simple interface that’s navigable even by those that aren’t that tech-savvy. This makes the LMS an excellent option for companies implementing a remote or hybrid work model.
Data analytics software
Post-program surveys are a great way to gather feedback on the mentorship process. However, you’ll need something more accurate than surveys if you’ve set measurable goals for your program and want to quantify its success more definitively. Using KPIs like engagement levels, productivity outcomes, business performance metrics, and LMS’ built-in data analytics tools — or dedicated mentorship analytics platforms like Ten Thousand Coffees and MentorcliQ — can help you better evaluate your program both while you’re implementing it and after it’s concluded. Ultimately, it can determine the overall effectiveness of your program and help you improve on future iterations.
Establishing a mentorship program can be a challenging but rewarding process. These online tools can help streamline the tasks involved and make your program more accessible to your employees and executives.