Celebrating International Women’s Day.
To commemorate International Women’s Day (March 8, 2018), we asked colleagues from throughout C&W Services to weigh in on issues ranging from the importance of mentors, to succeeding in a traditionally male-dominated business, to their hopes for greater workplace equality in the future. In today’s post, we focus on mentoring; posts later this week will cover other topics.
Mentorship, whether formal or informal, is critical to professional development for both the mentee, and the mentor. A study of mentors and mentees at Sun Microsystems showed that 25% of mentees and 28% of mentors saw positive change in their salary grades after participating in mentoring programs, compared to 5% of non-participants. Retention rates among the mentor/mentee groups were 20% greater than the non-participant group.1
But while 71% of Fortune 500 companies report having mentoring programs2, not everyone has access to a formal program. And when it comes to industries with dispersed workforces like C&W Services, where many of our employees are on-site with clients, formally connecting mentors and mentees can be a challenge.
Several members of our team who found informal mentors early in their careers shared their stories about mentors who made a difference, and offer advice on how to find the right mentor for your career.
Building a better workplace.
Thank you to the men and women who contributed to our International Women’s Day series, which continues on March 8 and 9.
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