Study: Mentoring Still Not Happening for Women at Work

March 12 — Pittsburgh

Many mid- to senior-level businesswomen have never had a formal mentor even though mentoring is widely considered a critical component to career success, according to new trend research survey by Development Dimensions International.

Roughly 63 percent of the group included in the survey never had a formal mentor. Meanwhile, 67 percent rated mentorship as highly important in helping to advance and grow their careers.

Furthermore, more than half the respondents have been asked to be a mentor a few times and 20 percent have never been asked at all, the survey showed. Women want to share their experience and provide career guidance, but other women are not seeking them out. And if they are afraid of rejection, the data shows they have no need to be, as 71 percent of women in the study report that they always accept invitations to be a mentor at work and reported they would mentor more if asked.

Source: Development Dimensions International