Donohue Systems and Anaconda Mining unveil pioneering program for diversity and inclusion

 Outstanding results presented at the Forum on Workplace Inclusion in Minneapolis

The Donohue Mentoring System and Anaconda Mining today presented the results of their joint year-long program targeting diversity and inclusion in the workplace. The results, showing that the Donohue Mentoring System (DMS) increased productivity by 11% and decreased churn by 50%, were shared at the Forum on Workplace Inclusion in Minneapolis.

Donohue Systems has pioneered research into the causes of isolation in the workplace, the behaviors of employees and leaders that contribute to it, and the strategies needed to combat it. “A key strategy includes mentoring, which is radically different from other leadership approaches and training because it is structured around a communication system that is based on the nine essential conversations every business needs to have,” stated Dr. Mary Donohue, CEO of Donohue Systems and the DMS.

According to Donohue, when employees feel isolated at work, they quit. Or quit trying. As employees feel increasingly isolated, the lower the engagement and the higher the churn. Leaders now generally understand the need for engaging employees, but most companies don’t have the tools and processes in place to mitigate the incidence of isolation that is causing employees to leave. Research bears this out.

One of the DMS’s clients, Anaconda Mining, began beta testing the program in January 2015, and today it is an essential part of Anaconda’s onboarding and leadership development. “Structured, measured and standardized mentoring is an essential tool for corporations like ours to shift the behavior of their employees, and to provide a successful roadmap to an inclusive workplace,” said Dustin Angelo, President and CEO Anaconda Mining.

The Forum convenes in Minneapolis each year to engage people, advance ideas and ignite change around the topics of diversity, inclusion and equity. Celebrating its 28th year in 2016, the three-day conference is designed to be an experience that set itself apart by focusing on big ideas, interactive discussions and lasting connections.