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New Research Shows Employees Rate Their Companies as Low Performers When Delivering Mentorship Programs

Instructure, added new capabilities in its Bridge Employee Development Platform that enable employees to learn more about and connect with co-workers, join skill communities, and identify potential mentors. These additions to Bridge, in a module called Connect, are being unveiled this week at the annual HR Tech Conference in Las Vegas.

New research from The Harris Poll, released by Instructure, finds that only half of employees believe their companies can deliver impactful mentorship programs. The research also shows that people feel alone on their career journey, with 77% believing they are on their own to determine their career development. Employees need a more effective way to build relationships, strengthen professional networks, and identify mentors that will provide meaningful feedback on their career trajectory.

“Mentors can have such a positive effect on the careers of their mentees, but these programs are traditionally difficult for companies to manage and scale,” said Jeff Weber, EVP of People and Places at Instructure. “Bridge can help by organically connecting people based on skills and interests and providing them with tools to facilitate meaningful conversations.”

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Employers recognize the important role mentors play in an employee’s career. Mentorship and coaching are among the top areas employers want to invest in, second to career development support and tools. With a focus on purposeful development and connection, Bridge can alleviate the organizational pain points of a formal mentorship program.

“We selected Bridge to help us facilitate the ease of connecting our people,” said Robert Buckley, SVP, Chief People Officer at RainFocus. “Whether we’re connecting employees so they can understand the scope of their peers’ roles and where everyone lives within the organization, or establishing a solid foundation for what will eventually become our robust, cross-functional mentorship program at RainFocus, it’s really about creating channels for our people to grow and develop. Our people-centric initiatives germinate in HR and are supported by effective tech solutions, like Bridge, that encourage people to form connections that help them be more effective in their careers.”

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Bridge helps companies increase their impact by giving each employee what they need to develop and grow, and enables managers to be better leaders and coaches. The new Connect module provides employees with the tools they need to understand organizational structure and make meaningful connections with their colleagues.

Get to know your team: The Bridge company directory combines an organizational chart with unique employee profiles that include a biography, contact information, personal interests, and skills.

Find your skills community: Bridge empowers employees to highlight skills on their personal profile. They can identify skills they want to learn and skills they can help others develop, and in the process establish communities of experts and learners.

Identify Potential Mentors: By searching for skills and interests, employees can identify potential mentors who can aid in their skill and career development.

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