Engaged employees often cite a positive mentorship experience as one key reason they are happy with their job and their company. Following several practices can help ensure your mentorship program is as strong and effective as possible. Start by setting expectations and guidelines. Make sure both mentors and mentees know how the relationship will work and what will be expected of them. Next, get support from leadership. Help C-suite execs and others understand the value of mentorships. Present them with data as well as personal feedback from employees. Third, seek feedback early and often. Don’t just count on formal meetings; get insights via emails and informal conversations. Encourage mentees and mentors alike to share their questions and concerns about the program, as well as their success stories. Finally, give ownership of the mentorship program to a specific team that will champion it, take accountability for it, and keep it moving forward. Read the full article.