Welcome to the PLD Mentoring blog, your go-to destination for insightful articles, tips, and resources dedicated to world of mentoring.
Here, you'll explore various aspects of mentoring, including building strong mentor-mentee relationships, communication strategies, success stories, mentoring in organisations, health and education mentoring and the latest industry trends.
Whether you're a seasoned mentor, an aspiring mentee, or simply interested in business mentoring or personal and professional growth, the PLD Mentoring blog has something for everyone.
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You might be thinking that running a mentoring program is a lot of work. And, you're right. That is if you don't have the right tools. Now, if you have the right tools, it's probably easier than you imagined. Let me show you how that works.
You've probably already heard that peer to peer mentoring can be hugely beneficial in an organisation? But, maybe you feel a little overwhelmed as to where to start? Or perhaps you're wondering how to create time to manage it, match people up and make sure that people in your organisation actually participate in the peer mentoring program?
Recent news includes much about the growth and development of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and how it will impact on many different areas of our lives. The PLD mentoring software is a form of AI according to the definition provided by the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy...
A recent article in People Management Magazine reported that 75 percent of senior HR leaders believe economic uncertainty is impacting their company's learning and development strategy for 2023, with many looking to cut training costs as a result.
The post pandemic work landscape means more people are now working remotely and adapting to the virtual work environment. This is throwing up all manner of new challenges that we need to work through, not least how to successfully onboard and retain new employees.
It is a sad fact that retirement often means that for many organisations and professions a wealth of knowledge and experience walks out of the door along with the retiree.
Recently, I revisited a fascinating piece penned by Simon Reichwald from Connectr, published in The HR Director. This article resonates with our own experiences, given our many years of supplying the software necessary to facilitate various mentoring programs. Below, I highlight some of the crucial insights that were detailed in the article.
Have you ever wondered why, no matter what training or policies you put in place, the diversity of your workforce has failed to improve? Perhaps you're already considering using mentoring to help create diversity and inclusion within your organisation. Well, you're not alone...
Did you know that mentoring is a proven way to make effective connections for learning, skill development and collaboration for both mentees and mentors. It also has great benefits for the mentoring program organiser in terms of increased engagement, retention rates and skill development.
Traditionally coaching and mentoring have sometimes been viewed as tools that are used to help with career advancement, but that isn't their only use. They can be used very effectively to support users in many other aspects of working life, including supporting well-being and mental health.
Even after the easing of pandemic restrictions, it quickly became apparent that life wouldn't revert back to the pre-pandemic "normal", with many preferring to continue working from home. In addition many companies discovered the advantages of this for the first time, too. The work environment has therefore experienced a dramatic transformation in how people and companies interact.
Employee mentoring programs can enable you to get more from your most valuable resource, your employees. An effective workplace mentoring program could prove to be an important benefit to both existing and prospective employees.
Entering a mentorship relationship can sometimes lead to a rush to simply begin the process and move forward without proper consideration. In our experience this approach can result in unstructured and ineffective conversations that do not address the underlying issues, ultimately leading to stagnation in the relationship.
Comparing coaching and mentoring can be difficult, as they have a lot in common but also have distinctive features that are all their own. As an additional challenge, the definitions of each are not set in stone but depend on your reference sources. In this article, we will aim to clarify the situation.
One of the standout legacies of the Covid pandemic has been the way it has revolutionised the workplace. Overnight, organisations had to gear up to home and distance working in a way that would have been unimaginable 12 months earlier.
While there is widespread consensus that mentoring is critical to an organisation's long-term success, defining mentoring is now becoming more challenging as it moves away from its traditional form.
According to a 2019 survey by Pearson Business School, nearly a fifth of graduates were found to be not "workplace-ready". Just 13% of the 531 employers and HR leaders who took part in the research felt that graduates were ready to hit the ground running after university.
Over the last 12 months, PLD has continued to see steady growth in the number of organisations implementing mentoring programmes to help support and develop their members. It has certainly provided an important source of support and a mechanism to continue professional development throughout the pandemic.
You may have heard of reverse mentoring, and even have a thorough understanding of it, but actually implementing a reverse mentoring programme within a workplace, an association or university can be quite daunting. So, how do you get started?
Attracting, developing and retaining great employees is a necessary but expensive process. But what would happen if those employees decide it's time for them to move on either to retirement or a new role?
Through our experience of developing mentoring programs we have identified 5 key elements that need to be considered when planning to launch and run a membership mentoring program.
Over the next few weeks and months it will become more important than ever for us to work together to provide strong support for each other and to ensure that whilst having to socially isolate we don't become isolated.
Continued growth and retention of memberships is a necessity for any successful professional association. Yet a decline in membership is highlighting to associations that they must do something different to attract and retain industry professionals.
A survey by Accountemps, found that 86 percent of CFOs believed that having a mentor is somewhat or very important for career development - yet only 26 percent of workers have a mentor.
An effective mentoring relationship can be a powerful, life-changing experience for both mentor and mentee. In order for mentors to provide the proper support to their mentees they need to have the tools and training to do this. Our mentoring platform is designed to do just that.
With 2020 rapidly approaching many of us are starting to think about resolutions for the New Year. We probably made resolutions last year, possibly the same ones we are going to make this year...
Mentoring programs can have a significant impact on organisations' business goals, in addition to employee professional development, according to research from the Association for Talent Development (ATD).
For employers and organisations with multi-generational workforces now is the time to consider how to build engagement, understanding and productivity across the generations.
Generation Z are the 16-24 year olds who are now entering the workforce – and they are not happy. Results from the surveys on workplace happiness platform, Engaging Works, have shown...
In this time of technological advancement finding information and resources to help us improve performance isn't a problem, they are everywhere. The problem is now sifting through...
As the work environment continues to evolve, the importance of skill development in the workplace without sacrificing performance is becoming increasingly evident for organisations such as yours.
If you're looking for ways to attract talent to your company, you're probably already wondering how other companies do it - and how to stand out from the competition. Or perhaps you've recently lost some talent?
When assessing effective mentoring techniques and strategies, it is important to first fully understand the role of a mentor. Mentors are individuals who provides guidance, support and motivation to a mentee in order to enhance their career or business success.
Implementing a student mentoring program can have benefits for students, alumni and the universities, colleges or schools who run them...
An effective mentoring program could prove to be an important benefit to both existing and prospective members. Mentoring provides the critical...
The education system is not adequately preparing young people for the workplace so there is a large gap between their experiences and the reality...