Organizations use a variety of practices to support employees throughout their careers. Mentoring programs can be an effective way to help employees acquire the knowledge, skills, and abilities they need to perform their current job successfully and prepare for future opportunities.
This review summarizes research on the effectiveness of mentoring programs. It consider potential benefits to the protégé, mentor, and organization and examines the factors that influence mentoring effectiveness. A discussion of how this research might impact your organization is provided at the end of the resource. If your organization uses or might use either formal or informal mentoring, this resource offers some useful insights.