Monitor your mentoring

There is also an important role for coaching and mentoring, using a more structured and sophisticated approach for development programmes. The CIPD advises that, as well as senior management support, a formal procedure for selecting participants raises the perceived value of talent management among staff.

Research also suggests that around a fifth of employees would like to be involved in mentoring, either as mentor or mentee, but nearly a third of such arrangements fail because the process loses momentum. Benchmarking and monitoring – setting out what you want, and how you will measure it – from mentoring, combined with light-touch oversight, can ensure your mentoring maintains momentum.