The company wanted to help selected leaders in the company to continue working on their leadership skills through personalized 1:1 approach in the form of external mentoring.
Bonami enrolled 10 employees in the Mentoring program to help them develop their leadership skills. First, we discussed the mentees' leadership challenges and helped them define their SMART goals. We looked for the right mentors based on those objectives. We matched all mentees with mentors for six months and recommended meeting every two weeks. As a result, the participants had the opportunity to spend up to 12 hours of mentoring with their mentor. At the beginning of the program, we made sure that everyone knew what to expect from mentoring and ran a “How to be a good mentee” workshop for the group. We tracked their progress over time and collected feedback from the mentees after each session, and at the 3-month and 6-month mark.
Based on the collected feedback and measured metrics, mentees were overall very happy with their mentors (100% satisfaction). They have learned new things that they can use in their roles, and improved in managing people and in giving and receiving feedback. More significant improvements were noted in areas such as effective listening, giving constructive feedback to subordinates, delegating work to others, self-confidence, and general leadership skills. Mentees' goals focused primarily on the following areas: work-life balance, effective team leadership, and management skills. They achieved 82% of the goals set by individual colleagues at the beginning of the program.
What does the client say?
People&Culture is one of the company priorities. The development of our team leaders and managers is our primary focus, as we know they are the key to our success. We chose Femme Palette’s mentoring program to become one of the pillars in this development initiative, and I could not thank the mentors more! The perspective brought from outside of Bonami helped our managers broaden their view on their growth, as well as people management in the company. Every mentee I talked to found the program beneficial for their current role and for their future career steps.
Regina Kluchova, Chief of People, Bonami
Testimonials from the participants
Tereza Kolářová, Head of Finance in Bonami
Mentor: Petra Imrichová, Area Manager, Customer Relations in AT&T
Can't recommend it highly enough! I gained not only advice and insight that helped me navigate challenging situations in my career, but it impacted me on a personal level as well. My mentor was my inspiration and I loved her energy and drive! I feel I developed and progressed as a person thanks to the program. Also, the whole program is very well organized. I already participated in a mentoring program through a different organization and Femme Pallette is definitely the winner.
Nikola Barešová, Area Retail Manager in Bonami
Mentor: Alice Miklošová, Obchodní ředitelka in dormakaba
If I don't count the passing on experiences from more senior colleagues to me in different positions as mentoring, I had never experienced mentoring before. Connecting with my mentor outside of my organization brought me new insights and a different perspective. Perspectives and opinions have helped me in grounding myself and anchoring my needs. Through mentoring, I have moved forward at least for two years, and the reason for this is that I have gained more confidence and started doing things instead of just having them in my head or on paper. It helped me to put things into practice better.
Zdeněk Andrik, Head of Expedition in Bonami
Mentor: Hana Součková, Managing Director v SAP
This is not training... this is mentoring at its best.