Mentorship: Benefits of Workplace Initiatives in the US and Canada 

January is National Mentoring Month, and the Express Blog is launching a new series called The Value of Mentorship for leaders and job seekers. This is part two of the 12-part series, so check back for new weekly installments!  

Mentorships are important for training and developing a company’s future leaders and inspiring innovative thinkers. From entry-level employees to the C-suite, mentorships play a vital role in building expertise and retaining knowledge that drives an employee’s growth and success. Mentorship programs strengthen relationships between current employees and add value to their work, and could be the deciding factor between which company a job seeker chooses to work for. 

Workplace Initiatives  

According to a survey conducted by The Harris Poll on behalf of Express Employment Professionals, U.S. and Canadian job seekers believe in-house mentorship programs aid training and upskilling while attracting prospective employees. Most respondents indicated their companies provide on-the-job training and upskilling, while only 64% of U.S. and 34% of Canadian companies offer mentorship programs.    

In-House Mentorship Programs Gaining Popularity Among Job Seekers 

In-house mentorship programs are seen as a workplace benefit for job seekers. When looking at potential companies to work for, 85% of U.S. and 87% of Canadian job seekers find them more attractive if they offer a mentorship program. Of companies that don’t currently have a mentorship program, 52% of U.S. and 41% of Canadian hiring decision-makers say they plan to implement one in the next two years, according to The Harris Poll.  

Does your workplace offer a mentorship program? Share your experience with mentorship at work in the comments! 

Be sure to check out previous posts from the Express Blog’s Value of Mentorship Series: 

To provide accurate and timely employment forecasts for job seekers, Express Employment Professionals commissions an ongoing Job Seeker Report to track employment and hiring trends across a wide range of industries.   

The Job Seeker Report was conducted online within the United States by The Harris Poll on behalf of Express Employment Professionals between June 13 and June 26, 2023, among 1,006 U.S. hiring decision-makers. The Job Seeker Report was conducted online within Canada by The Harris Poll on behalf of Express Employment Professionals between June 8 and June 22, 2023, among 507 Canadian hiring decision-makers.  

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