The Association for Talent Development’s latest mentoring report finds that manager and supervisor development have become priorities in many organizations.
(Alexandria, VA), January 3, 2023—Almost half of organizations surveyed (48 percent) had formal mentoring programs in place, and of those that did not, 42 percent were planning to implement one in the next few years, according to ATD’s new research report, Mentoring for Success: Embracing Growth and Development.
In addition, most surveyed organizations that had mentoring programs had multiple programs, with 23 percent offering four or more programs. Respondents said that their mentoring programs’ primary goals were professional, leadership, and career development, and more than 40 percent believed their programs were highly or very highly successful at meeting those goals.
The most common mentoring program was a traditional one-on-one, in-person program (78 percent). Virtual mentoring, when a mentor works with a mentee through a video platform, increased 24 points from
ATD’s 2017 survey to 63 percent.
Other key findings include:
- The mentoring programs’ primary benefits were reported as better job satisfaction for mentees (61 percent) and a stronger organizational culture (57 percent). The primary challenges were a lack of metrics to track the programs’ success (56 percent) and difficulty in finding potential mentors (47 percent).
- More than six in 10 organizations (63 percent) offered a mentoring program designed for a specific employee audience or group. Employees in the leadership pipeline were the most frequent audience (55 percent) followed by early career professionals and employees in a particular department or division (39 percent each).
- Less than half of organizations (46 percent) rewarded or recognized participants in mentoring programs. They were most likely to do so by considering mentoring participation or effectiveness when giving promotions or through awards or other nonfinancial means, each cited by 25 percent of respondents.
- Most organizations (89 percent) provided program participants with tools or supportive resources. More than half offered a general program guide, conversation starter ideas, and a mentor-mentee agreement. Only 30 percent offered a biography of the mentor or mentee, and just 18 percent provided job descriptions.
A free webinar on the report will take place Thursday, January 5, at 2 p.m. ET.
The Association for Talent Development (ATD) is the world’s largest professional membership organization supporting those who develop the knowledge and skills of employees, improve performance, and help to achieve results for the organizations they serve. Established in 1943, the association was previously known as the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD).
ATD’s members come from more than 100 countries and work in public and private organizations in every industry sector. ATD supports talent development professionals who gather locally in volunteer-led US chapters and international member networks and with international strategic partners.
For more information, visit td.org.