Originally published: September 12, 2017
A first-of-its-kind research study just out from development specialists Moving Ahead reveals the positive impact mentoring can have on gender balance at major organisations in the UK. Research into the gender impact of mentoring programmes on female mentees, their male or female mentors, and their organisations, has not been undertaken before in this country.
Turning the gender diversity dial, in collaboration with and sponsored by Deloitte, which encompassed more than 6,000 people across 40 major UK organisations, shows that mentoring is creating better gender diversity in the workplace, and enabling organisational cultures to become more inclusive. More than 3,000 years on from the Greek mythological origin of mentoring, it is being used to overcome present-day challenges of the gender pay gap, leadership equality, and the conscious and unconscious biases that exist around gender.
The Moving Ahead research found that structured, formal gender-based mentoring programmes are significantly growing women’s confidence, creating positive change beyond the programme, providing the skills and frameworks for more empathetic leaders and driving best practice for broader mentoring schemes in organisations.