According to a 2015 Gallup report that includes data from over 80,000 employee interviews, employee engagement has been flat since 2000. In 2015, only 32% of employees reported being engaged at work while 50.8% reported not being engaged and 17.2% reported being actively disengaged. Additional research is starting to show a correlation with corporate responsibility and sustainability programming as evidenced by the data reported at Project ROI. They have reported seeing an increase in employee engagement by up to 7.5% because of corporate responsibility programming.
At MENTOR, the National Mentoring Partnership, we know from our research and work with companies of all sizes and industries that mentoring is a viable corporate initiative that delivers on business, community and employee goals. Businesses that engage in mentoring can increase the number of employees engaged and retained, expand their workforce development pipeline, and elevate brand awareness. The youth that employee mentors engage with in mentoring programs can achieve youth development outcomes, academic gains, and the life skills needed to succeed in both college and their career. Employees can enhance valuable skills such as communications and collaboration and feel more invested in the communities where they live and work.
A longtime supporter of MENTOR, AT&T has been a pioneer in engaging employees in youth mentoring through its signature philanthropic initiative, AT&T Aspire, which aims to help students succeed in school and beyond. AT&T employees have provided more than 1.5 million hours of mentoring to over 260,000 students in more than 390 cities. Through Aspire, AT&T employees are provided flexible options to mentor students in the classroom, at AT&T offices, within the local community and online.