Mentoring Program Articles

News and Information on Corporate Mentoring Program Best Practices

Mentor Scout's in-house experts participate in educating the industry on corporate mentoring program best practices by regularly contributing to articles in the academic and trade press.

Please see below for helpful information on subjects such as mentor matching, mentorship program case studies, using mentoring as an employee retention tool, online mentoring software, women and diversity mentoring programs, and more.

Recent Articles

Mentoring to Remedy Workplace Bullying of Millennials
March 4, 2014
"My boss is picking on me," is a commonly heard phrase by employees around the world. Does it constitute as workplace bullying? Maybe, if "picking on me" means that the manager has yelled at the employee in front of his or her colleagues for the past month in staff meetings. Maybe not, if "picking on me" means that the manager asked the employee to work late to correctly complete customer work orders the employee has done erroneously for the entire quarter despite coaching efforts.

How Mentoring Helps Jump Start Second Careers
November 7, 2013
As the Communications Manager for Mentor Scout, one of my responsibilities is participating on the judging panel for the annual Mentor of the Year award recipient. What I've learned from this process is that mentorships can truly be life-changing events, in which both the mentors and mentees benefit. I've also seen how much a mentorship can help mentees start and thrive in their second careers.

Job Hopping No Longer a Dirty Word
October 16, 2013
Employee loyalty is dead. Job hopping now is widely accepted (sometimes even encouraged), and it's turning into an expensive problem for organizations. It wasn't always this way - but in today's business world, Gen X and Y employee - the majority of the workforce - feel no guilt in moving from job to job, and they don't feel obligated to stay at their organizations for the long haul.

How to Be a Good Manager: What We Learned
September 18, 2013
Here is what we've learned about being a good manager (and how to avoid being a bad one!) from exit interview data.

How Does Training Millennials Differ from Training Employees from Other Generations? September 2013
"There is a cultural aspect of the times you've grown up in," says Beth N. Carvin, CEO and president of Nobscot Corporation. "With Millennials, it's just become much faster paced. Whether it's because of video games or the Internet, everything moves faster. From a training perspective, we have to be aware that we need to keep things very fast paced and active. You can't really just put people in a classroom and say, 'We're going to do training,'" Carvin says.

Tips for Energizing Meetings and Engaging Millennials
August 22, 2013
The only thing worse than leading a "bonding" staff meeting is leading one for millennials. According to Beth N. Carvin, CEO of Nobscot, with each sigh and eye roll, managers feel defeated by this hipster, always on the move, generation. Fortunately, there are training solutions out there that truly appeal to this generation. The key to engaging millennials in training is understanding this generation's learning style and developing a new approach to fit it.

Mentoring, from both sides
August 12, 2013
Judy Novak and Jennifer Allen, a Vice President of Finance and a Program Manager at Xerox, talk about mentoring from both sides.

When It Comes to Mentoring, Does Gender Matter?
June 24, 2013
While mentoring is beneficial for both men and women - individuals in mentoring relationships typically have increased promotions, salaries and job satisfaction - gender differences in mentor pairings can affect the mentoring relationship and its outcome.

Tips from Mentor Scout's Mentors of the Year
May 16, 2013
Mentoring can be a difficult relationship to navigate for both mentors and mentees, but there are several steps that participants can take to ensure that they get the most out of the relationship. Finalists for Mentor Scout's Mentor of the Year award recently talked with Nobscot CEO Beth N. Carvin about some things to keep in mind when working on establishing a good mentoring relationship.

How Do We Build Loyalty in New Employees
May 1, 2013
Dear Help Me Make It Happen: Starting a new job can be a nerve-wracking experience for employees. A new-hire mentoring program can really help ease new employees' fears and provide them with an additional resource to build a strong early connection to your company.

How to Improve Your Life Through Mentoring Programs
April 24, 2013
If you've been looking for ways to develop further on your career path or simply want to find a way to give back to your organization, joining a mentoring program is a great idea! Mentoring programs, essential components of training and development programs, provide opportunities for shared growth for both mentors and mentees.

Professional Mentorship: A Look into the Xerox Women's Alliance
April 4, 2013
We all know the value in having a personal mentor and the same holds true for our professional lives. Everyone needs a shoulder to lean on now and then, right? Document management company Xerox Corporation would answer yes to that question, and the women at the corporation are offering just that.

"Breaking Up" With Your Mentor
Winter 2012/2013
Unlike marriages or other permanent commitments, mentorships are relationships designed to help junior employees establish and achieve career goals, and they do not last forever.

Mentor Scout Announces 2012 Mentor of the Year Award Recipients
February 6, 2013
Mentor Scout division announced today that four accomplished professionals have been chosen as the winner and honorable mentions of the 2012 Mentor of the Year Award. Samantha Stovall , a Program Manager at UTC Aerospace Systems, has been named the 2012 Mentor of the Year.
Mentor Scout Announces 2012 Mentor of the Year Award Recipients

Maximize Mobile Workers' Potential: Mentor Them
February 5, 2013
Mentoring is great for office-based employees, but it is especially powerful for mobile team members, argues one HR expert. "The biggest misconception is that relationships can not flourish without meeting in-person," says Beth N. Carvin, an expert on mentoring and CEO of Nobscot Corporation.

Do you have time to be a mentor?
January 31, 2013
Some managers who have squeezed mentoring into their already-packed schedules say they get as much out of it as mentees do.

Passed Over for a Promotion? How Companies Can Retain the Runner-up
January 30, 2013
Losing out on a promotion is tough enough. But being passed over for a top-level position in favor of another candidate -- either external or internal -- can be a deal breaker for even the most loyal company soldiers.

Women still fighting to break glass ceiling
October, 2012
Accountants may come in all sizes, shapes, colours, and sexes, but senior accountants do not, according to a new report from the American Society of Women Accountants. While the profession in Canada may be faring better than its counterpart in the U.S. in developing diverse workforces, there are still significant gains to be made in helping women make it to the helm.

Breaking up with a mentor with class and grace
September 24, 2012
When a relationship has run its course, the end must be handled professionally. Mentorships aren't meant to last forever. Their purpose is to help junior employees establish goals and move forward in their career paths. Here are some tips to ending a mentorship professionally.

Early Warning Strategy for At-Risk Diversity Hires
July 17, 2012
It has been almost 50 years since Title VII of the Civil Rights Act prohibited discrimination in the workplace, yet women and people of color continue to face challenges in receiving equal treatment on the job. New hire surveys can identify problems before they escalate.

Matchmaker, Matchmaker, Make Me a Mentor Match
May 16, 2012
Covance Inc is among the companies using software to help employees and mentors connect. The program Mentor Scout enables pairings based on mutual professional interests.

How Corporate Mentoring Can Work For Your Company
April 13, 2012
Interview on Mentoring with Beth N. Carvin

Today with technology, HR and learning and development managers can offer both specialty-type mentoring programs such as those for high-potential employees, diversity networks and new hires, plus general mentoring programs so all employees can participate.

How To: Develop a Mentorship Program
January 9, 2012
Guidance from an effective mentor can be rewarding professionally and personally for both the mentor and mentee. On the professional front alone, one JPMorgan Chase survey of the bank's mentoring program found that 87 percent of protegés reported significant career advancement as a result of the program. But what does it take to create a successful mentorship program - whether one aimed at employees or one aimed at the community?

Automated Mentoring Saves Time, Thousands of Dollars
June 6, 2011
Human resources professionals at Covance used to spend "hundreds and hundreds of hours of administrative time" manually matching mentees and mentors. By shifting to an automated mentoring system in 2009, covance (, an international drug development company, achieved annual savings of $113,000 ($377 per participant).

HRIA's virtual mentorship program eliminates geographical boundaries
320 members involved enjoy flexibility, sharing experiences.

April 27, 2011
The HRIA's mentorship program was launched in mid-November 2010 and has 320 members with 120 mentor-protegé relationships. Through online software Mentor Scout, members upload a personal profile, answer a series of questions and are appropriately matched to either a mentor or a protegé, said Nora Molina, executive director at HRIA.

Mentor Scout: for Mentors
May 1, 2011
Covance Inc. uses MentorScout to computerize its mentoring program using online system to match employee mentors, mentees; achieves employee satisfaction, relieves HR burden, and saves 75% over manual method.

The Hows and Whys of Group Mentoring
February 2011
This paper seeks to examine the methodologies for developing a group mentoring component as an add-on to an existing or new corporate mentoring program.

Tap Into The Power of Mentoring
How to Make Mentoring a Win for Employees, Mentors, and Employers

January 2011
An interview with Beth N. Carvin, CEO Nobscot Corporation. How to make mentoring a win for employees, mentors, and employers.

Techno-Power Your Mentoring Program
When to consider using technology in your mentoring programs.

Dec 1, 2010
Corporate mentoring programs can require a significant amount of time to manage, but with the help of technology, administration burdens can be reduced to an easily managed level.

Mentoring Mistakes: 10 Program Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them
July 28, 2010
The corporate landscape is littered with mentoring programs that have died on the vine. Management fails to rally behind the project. Mentors decline to sign on or don't know how to proceed if they do. Ill matched mentor-mentee relationships evaporate. Program administration becomes overwhelming. Yet all of these problems are avoidable.

Group Mentoring: Keys to Success
July 28, 2010
Is the increasingly popular strategy of group mentoring right for your organization?
Group Mentoring: Keys to Success - Podcast

Group Mentoring Support Now Available in Mentor Scout
May 17, 2010
In a major expansion of its widely adopted Web-based mentor/mentee matching and administration platform for corporate mentoring programs, Mentor Scout today announced the addition of a new suite of tools designed to nurture group mentoring initiatives. The Mentor Scout upgrade features new self-service tools to facilitate mentoring group formation and communication as well as administrator enhancements for group oversight, expanding the spectrum of mentoring activities that can be managed with the software.
Full Release (at Earth Times)

Who Needs a Mentor? You Do.
Someone who's been there, done that can offer invaluable insight.

September 3, 2009
If you're an entrepreneur, it's likely you would benefit from having a mentor, suggests mentoring expert Beth Carvin, president and CEO of HR consulting firm Nobscot Corp.
A successful woman entrepreneur has probably faced some of the obstacles you're encountering. She's learned what worked and what didn't work and can pass her advice along. "Why reinvent the wheel?" Carvin asks.
Full Article (at Entrepreneur Magazine)

Work Zone: Mentor can see clearly to help in job search
Monday, July 20, 2009
Most people think of a mentor as someone who helps them in their early 20s, guiding them toward a path that will help their careers.
Full Article (at Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Finding Anchors in the Storm: Mentors
January 27, 2009
Without as many opportunities mentoring becomes a more strategic avenue for career development.

The Great Mentor Match
Xerox's Women's Alliance cracks the code on successful mentor programs.

January, 2009
Every large organization faces a challenge in facilitating career development for diversity and affinity groups. Mentoring is a logical strategy, but mentor recruitment and mentor-mentee matching are often too unwieldy and time-consuming for a volunteer effort in a large company. Mentor Scout Case Study Xerox Women's Alliance
Listen to the Great Mentor Match podcast: The Great Mentor Match Podcast

Mentoring Programs Branching into Focused Tracts
October 2, 2008
Mentoring programs, once embraced as a general initiative to polish employee performance and boost morale, are now sprouting specialty niches. "Today, we are starting to see multiple mentoring programs for different goals and objectives," said Beth Carvin, CEO of Nobscot Corporation.

Mentorship: Learning from those in the know
July/August 2008
Nobscot's Mentor Scout Mentoring Program assists Xerox Women and newcomers to chart career path.

July 28, 2008
An ever-growing number of junior employees are getting a similar leg up, through a rising number of corporate programs designed to pair female, minority or gay or lesbian employees with similar mentors. Beth Carvin of Nobscot Corporation, which offers software that allows employees to find a suitable mentor by filling out an online profile, says she's fielding "a huge demand for mentoring programs with midsize and large organizations."

Best Practices in Mentoring
June 2, 2008
Here are 12 steps for starting and managing a successful corporate mentoring program by Nobscot Corporation CEO Beth N. Carvin.

Pivotal Employees
June 2, 2008
"One of the biggest mistakes that we make in HR is assuming that everybody wants growth," says Beth Carvin, president and CEO of Nobscot Corp., a Kailua, Hi.-based HR software firm. "Many employees love the work that they do and they don't want to grow. They just want to be treated in a manner that is consistent with the contributions they're making to the organization."

Social Networking
April 14, 2008
With social networking sites booming in popularity, especially among the younger set, the corporate world is following suit, creating internal networks for employees modeled on Web communities like MySpace and Facebook. "It has to be a managed program," says Carvin. "If you take a MySpace and just slap it into a corporation, you'll get people slacking off."

Top Ten HR Products: Mentor Scout Talent Networking Edition
October 2, 2007
Top Ten HR Products: Mentor Scout Talent Networking Edition uses personal profiles and interactive information exchange as a way to facilitate employee communication, collaboration, knowledge sharing and recognition.
Why We Like It: Kudos to Mentor Scout for building a solution that engages all workers, but especially millennials, in collaboration and knowledge-sharing processes.

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