The fact that you are here means that you are already an avowed advocate of the power of Mentoring in the workplace. And now you are looking at enabling your Mentoring Program with technology for ease and effectiveness.
Here is a quick blueprint on some of the critical success factors you must consider before zeroing in on the right software for your internal Mentoring Program:
The Right Mentee-Mentor Matching
The key to success of a corporate Mentoring Program is right Mentee-Mentor matching. The software should have a facility for matching based on skills, interests and strengths. This allows for a comprehensive matching leading to great outcomes of your Mentoring Program.
Does it have the necessary features in line with the current Mentoring practices and Technology trends?
Often Mentoring programs fall through the cracks because Mentors and Mentees are not able to find time to meet or talk in the midst of their work. A software that allows them to schedule sessions, pushes reminder notifications and even have quick chats through a messenger can be a great way to keep the Mentoring Program on-course.
It should also allow users (read Mentees and Mentors) to share feedback about the program through quick Pulse Surveys. Pulse surveys allow you to capture the feedback of the employee based on instantaneous experiences.
Also, the Mentoring Program co-ordinator should be able to track the program health across geographies, departments in the Mentoring cohort to ensure the objectives are met and take necessary course correction. Further, the Mentoring software should allow you to measure the ROI of your Mentoring program. A visual data analytics dashboard in the software is a surefire way to do all of that.
Is it Customizable to your needs?
The software platform should be customizable to meet your specific mentoring objectives. Whatever be your objective for running a Mentoring Program – whether you are running it for leadership development, succession planning, diversity & inclusion, knowledge transfer the software should be agile and robust to support all your needs.
Is it Scalable for the size of the Mentoring cohort?
You could be initiating a Mentoring Program for a small cohort in a department or a large cohort across business units, the software should be scalable to support any number of users in your organization. It should allow flexibility to accommodate more users as the program gains traction inside your organization.
Is it backed by Research and Expertise?
While internal Mentoring Programs have been around for a few decades now, current mentoring practices are in line with the changing workforce demographics and realities of businesses facing competitive pressures. The software shouldn’t just be a technology tool and should be backed by a deep understanding of what kind of mentoring is aligned with the changing organizational landscape. It should also have a Customer Success Process to ensure that you are able to accomplish your objectives of the Mentoring Program.
Does the price justify your investment?
Last but not the least, the price of the software should be worth your investment. It’s also important to ensure that the pricing is simple and transparent.
Make yourself aware right at the beginning of your purchase process that it doesn’t have any exorbitant fees over and above what you pay per user. It’s advisable to schedule a demo with the software provider to understand the software platform well enough and make yourself aware of the price you are going to pay.