Introducing Phenom Mentoring: Elevating Employee Experience & Creating Meaningful Connections at Scale
In today’s competitive job market, employee engagement has emerged as a critical driver for retaining top talent and attracting best-fit candidates. Companies that prioritize employee development — embedding it as a key pillar in their strategic workforce plans — increase productivity, improve quality of work quality, and ultimately influence their future success.
One way to help employees learn and evolve? A well-functioning mentorship program that supports employees in their professional growth.
To make it easier for employers to implement or level up their existing mentoring programs, we’re excited to announce Phenom Mentoring — a new Employee Experience product that leverages artificial intelligence (AI) and automation to connect employees and experienced leaders seeking a mentor-mentee relationship.
As a result, organizations boost employee engagement, support onboarding, and accelerate career growth and success.
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Why mentorships matter — and how Phenom can help
Meaningful mentorships enable employees to learn and develop by building one-to-one relationships with internal leaders, increasing knowledge, and building skills for future goals and milestones. A mentor serves as a teacher, counselor, and advocate to a mentee, resulting in a mutually beneficial professional relationship over time.
Phenom Mentoring simplifies and optimizes the matching process, pairing mentors and mentees based on their skills, career paths, location, goals, and mentoring styles. Using the product, all employees can:
Discover AI-recommended available mentors based on suggested criteria
Request a compatible mentor to help them reach clearly defined goals
Initiate and manage mentorships within Phenom’s talent experience platform
Track mentorship goals, objectives, session summaries, and resources
Build 1:1 connections to foster hard and soft skills and navigate career paths
Here’s a sneak peek at how it works:
Within the employee portal via Phenom Employee Experience, AI matching connects mentors with mentees faster based on skills, career paths, and goals. Mentees can then request a mentor that they would like to work with.
Participants get access to a collaborative portal where they can manage goals, session summaries, and resources.
With email and in-app notifications, mentors and mentees can easily connect, share their progress, and stay aligned.
Building the foundation for a strong mentoring program
According to a recent study, 94% of employees said they would stay at a company longer if they were offered opportunities to learn and grow. By tackling common industry and professional skill gaps, mentoring enables companies to keep their employees’ skills in sync with the constantly changing world of work, develop a stronger workforce, and encourage career mobility.
Mentoring has grown significantly in the last few years with more and more businesses embracing the concept of mentoring as a professional development tool. While there are many different types of mentoring relationships, organizations, mentors, and mentees should identify what style(s) work best for them.
Types of Mentoring
1-1 Mentoring: The most traditional of all types of mentoring. Only the mentor and mentee are involved in this type of mentoring, usually a more-experienced individual paired with a less-experienced mentee.
Distance or E-Mentoring: A one-to-one relationship facilitated by technology. Participants can connect virtually without losing the personal touch (e.g., Skype, email).
Situational mentoring: Used for a short time and happens for a specific issue or purpose such as preparing for a new assignment.
Group or team mentoring: A program that can either consist of a mentor with several mentees, or a mentee with several mentors. This model is commonly used by schools and youth programs.
Peer mentoring: This mentoring relationship is more reciprocal than hierarchical, aimed at promoting a sense of community. Participants usually have the same role or come from the same department. In some cases, they might share similar work and life experiences.
Reverse mentoring: An approach that flips the traditional model. A less experienced, often younger, employee mentors a more experienced individual, encouraging both parties to teach and learn at the same time.
It’s important to remember that mentoring success does not happen overnight. Effective mentoring takes effort, and creating successful mentoring relationships requires specific skills, sensibilities, and structure from both the mentor and the mentee.
Success happens when both parties take responsibility for making it work. Many effective mentoring relationships that have developed over a long period of time are successful because learning happens on both sides.
Not only does Phenom Mentoring enable mentees to learn and achieve goals rapidly with real-world experiences, mentors also gain key leadership skills. And the benefits go beyond just the mentor/mentee relationship: As employers empower talent to elevate their professional relationships and take charge of their career growth, they’re able to attract more best-fit talent, boost engagement, and improve retention.
It’s a win-win for everyone.
Designing a fulfilling employee experience
Employees today are consumers of the workplace. Many are no longer satisfied with simplify clocking in and out — they’re constantly looking for growth and development opportunities that will help evolve their careers.
Within Phenom’s Employee Experience, Mentoring adds a critical component to a robust talent marketplace that gives employees full access to determine their career trajectory, discover open roles, gain new skills, seek out real-world work experiences, and network with relevant groups.
Infused with Phenom AI and machine learning to deliver personalized recommendations and content, Phenom Employee Experience includes an array of tools to help organizations transform their people, such as Career Pathing, Internal Mobility, Learning and Development, Gigs, Employee Resource Groups, D&I, and Referrals.
Whether you’re building an effective workplace mentoring program, or taking your existing program to the next level, now’s the time to drive employee engagement and future-proof your workforce.
Explore how Phenom Mentoring can help organizations increase employee engagement, nurture emerging talent, and build a strong, more cohesive company culture.
To learn more, join us for a live Phenom Mentoring demo on July 8!
Wed, 06/09/2021 – 22:31
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