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How Mentoring Improves Employee Engagement

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The Facts

Prioritizing the right people strategies is pivotal.  Organizations now more than ever have finite time and resources to invest in employee engagement, knowing how vital it is to grow.  When I work with organizations on people strategies, we often brainstorm key strategies collectively as a team, and then prioritize those strategies based on key criteria such as ease of implementation (time, money, etc.), and ROI (impact on employee engagement, retention, etc.).  What has been so intriguing lately is a common theme I am discovering – mentoring – is rising to the top of that people strategy list time and time again.  In fact, according to a Corporate Executive Board survey, 25 percent of U.S. companies now host peer mentoring programs, up from 4-5% in 2007.

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What Organizations are Doing to Engage Women

By | Coaching, Employee Engagement, Leadership, Pivot Point, Talent Retention | No Comments

The Facts

Let’s start with the facts.  I often make the mistake of assuming that we all know these statistics, and often find people surprised to learn that statistics on women’s equality in the workplace has barely changed in last two decades.  Engaging the other half of our workforce (women) is absolutely vital for us to increase our productivity and profits.  According to a Catalyst, an organization focused on a mission to accelerate progress for women through workplace inclusion, shares these statistics in its June 2016 report:

  • 4.2% of CEOs are women
  • 19.9% of board positions are held by women
  • 25.1% of executive or senior-level officials and managers are women
  • Women still just earn $0.79 on the dollar compared to men in similar positions

Women produce results.  The Peterson Institute for International Economics’ recent study associates a 15% lift in profitability with more women in top management positions.  When women are a part of these vital leadership roles for organizations, the results are staggering.  With a diverse perspective, and collaborative style, women round the team out, and create more innovative and successful teams.  The results from this study clearly illustrate the overwhelming need to engage women and promote more to leadership roles in organizations.

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How to Retain Top Talent

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The Facts

The struggle is real.  With unemployment hovering nationwide around 5%, employees are back in the driver seat with where they choose to work.  Employers have found themselves with less control in finding, hiring, and retaining top talent.  Recent studies from Manpower Group has shown that there is an excess supply of skilled jobs, with a shortage of labor interested in those jobs.  Couple this study with the fact that employees, now more than ever, are looking for value and purpose in their work, more of a balance with their personal life, and the feeling that their work is aligned with their own career long-term goals.

And, with a growing millennial generation that is expected to be 75% of our workforce by 2025, this trend is very likely to continue.  What we know about millennials is true, they are self-driven, demand value and purpose in their work, and transition jobs at a rate much higher than previous generations, averaging 4 job changes by the time they are age 32.  We are not going to change them, they are going to change our workforce, and in many ways, for the better.  They saw their parents live to work, lose their retirements due to corporate greed, and have been shown very little loyalty by organizations they work for with pensions eliminated, benefit reductions, and inappropriate vesting schedules of their 401k plans.  I can completely understand why this generation has chosen to respond with choosing to work to live.  It’s refreshing.

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