Impact of the WoW programme
These were the main outcomes of the WoW programme:
Confidence levels among mentees were significantly boosted. Before the programme only a third said that they were confident. After the programme, the confidence levels had risen significantly and 85% said they had changed their behaviours at work because of their improved confidence. Among the mentors, 80% said they saw an increase in mentees’ confidence by the time the programme ended.
Mentees now know it’s not all down to them. They identified culture as a top barrier to career advancement. So while lack of confidence is a personal barrier, the WoW programme has made them acutely aware that corporate culture may be holding them back.
WoW was the stimulus for a third of mentees to change roles. Twelve of the 27 mentees changed roles in the course of the year and eight of them directly attributed this to the WoW programme. We know that several of our mentees have since been promoted.
It is possible to balance career and family. Some mentees found through their mentors that it is possible to advance in their career while balancing family responsibilities.
Source: Before data from WoW baseline survey conducted in January 2016. After data from WoW final survey conducted in January/February 2017
The career plans were a highly-effective tool. All mentees said that they derived benefits from their career plans, with 70% stating that they shaped all or most of their career decisions.
All participants “get” the power of mentoring. Mentors were 100% sure of the need for mentoring of younger women. Before the WoW programme, 61% of the mentees had never had a mentor and 74% never had a sponsor. After the programme, 84% of the mentees said that the mentoring helped with career development and 81% said it had helped with personal development.
Sponsors discovered the power of the sponsor role. Three-quarters had provided advice and support to the mentees on career progression and on increasing their visibility. They also got insights into the hidden talents of their female mid-managers.
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