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Mentorship: Creating a workplace culture

A research piece published by the global advisory firm, Heidrick & Struggles entitled “Creating A Culture of Mentorship” presented its data on mentorship. More than 1,000 professionals shared their experience with mentoring. As a result of this, research showed that mentorship is generally an impactful experience—particularly for self-described ethnic and racial minorities.

Upon releasing the research, Heidrick & Struggles said:

Our research suggests that companies aiming to better attract, retain and engage ethnic minority talent should consider a formal mentoring program if they don’t already offer one,” said David Pruner, partner and member of the Industrial Practice at Heidrick & Struggles. “It’s even more critical for companies to address this demand as more recognize diversity and inclusion as a key driver of a healthy corporate culture and their bottom line.”

Below we list some interesting highlights that the study presents on ethnic and racial minorities.

Study highlights

  • Ethnic minorities in the study were more likely to say they found their best mentoring relationship extremely important to their careers
  • Mentees from minority backgrounds have a stronger tendency to choose a mentor due to similar backgrounds
  • Minority respondents are also more likely to have a continued relationship with their primary mentor
  • Most mentees seek advice on strengths, professional development and career paths. 72% of respondents said their mentors gave them feedback on their professional strengths and development opportunities, 61% said they shared ideas about how to further their professional development, and 60% said they gave advice on different career paths