2023 is a wrap! A focus on design, experience, engagement, and creating more ways for admins to flex their superpowers resulted in significant increases in time to value for participants and impact for admins. Below are some highlights from 2023's product wraps.
Design & Experience
Mentoring Connection Plan
Q2 | Live meetings are essential for connection and engagement in mentorship, and it all starts with the first meeting. Improvements to the connection plan experience decreased the time it took participants to schedule the first meeting and increased first meetings by 44%.
New User Enrollment
Q1 | Enrollment is a participant's first experience in their program. The redesigned enrollment breaks profile completion down into bitesize sections. It also includes mentoring training and the opportunity to review and request mentoring partners before arriving on the dashboard. In self-match programs, this improvement increased match requests by 12%. Learn More
System Email Redesign
Q3 | In addition to a new template that helps the reader focus on the message, the emails are being redesigned to encourage participants to return and take the next step in their partnership. For example, and update to the email that encourages participants to schedule their first meeting after being matched increased first meetings by 400%.
Q3 | Successfully completing a mentorship represents many hours dedicated to development, meeting, and discussion for both the mentee and mentor. Reward participants for successful mentorship completion with a digital certificate they can share on LinkedIn and include on their mentoring profile. Learn More
Upskilling & Development
Q1 | Reward participants for completing courses, such as Mentoring Training or courses created from LMS learning materials. Participants showcase their achievements in their mentoring program and with their wider network on LinkedIn. Learn More
Courses in Connection Plans
Q1 | In programs that have Chronus Courses enabled, mentors and admins can now assign courses from the Connection Plan. Mentors can view the courses that have been added to the program and select the full course or a section of the course, and assign it to their mentee as a task. Learn More
5 New Soft Skill Courses
Q2 | Development is best delivered with a guide and a clear learning journey, making mentorship a perfect venue for learning. Chronus's five new soft skill courses are designed to be woven into mentoring conversations. Each of the new courses has a corresponding connection plan that creates the structure for the learning journey as well as mentor discussion guides and skill progress checks.
New courses include:
- Leadership Skills and Management Skills that help prepare your future leaders
- Core Professional Soft Skills that can add structure and increase engagement in any mentorship program
- Career Momentum Skills for programs focused on career pathing (80% of mentees join mentoring programs to develop their career!)
- Sales Skills for developing sales teams
Q3 | Strong connections between participants are the most important aspect of any mentoring program. Connection Views help admins monitor connections and take action for higher engagement. This ability to efficiently identify and effectively address specific partnership connections becomes even more critical as the number of connections within a program increases. Learn More
Connection Activity Summary
Q4 | Understanding not only the level of activity within a partnership but also where the activity may have dropped off provides an indication to admins that there may be something to address with the partnership in order for connections to be successful. Connection Activity Summaries enable admins to gain deeper insights into how individual partnerships are progressing. Learn More
Track Event Attendance
Q2 | Keep all your event data in one place with the ability to track who attended events. A simple upload allows you to record event RSVPs through attendance. Learn More
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging
Q1 | Anonymous Matching takes the bias out of matching! Users in an anonymous matching program do not see other user's identifying information when reviewing potential partners, allowing them to pick a partner based on other criteria that are important to the future mentorship. Learn More