Mentoring and retention of millennials in United Kingdom: experiences and perceptions

Ijeoma G. Ukeni, Kae Reynolds

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Retaining millennial employees is relevant today because they make up a higher percentage of workers. Albeit, studies show that millennials have high turnover intentions and mentoring was identified as a valuable tool to them because of its major career and psychosocial development function. Hence, this study examined the experiences and perceptions of 51 millennial mentees within the ages of 21 36, to identify mentoring elements that can enhance their retention. Data was gathered via a questionnaire survey and analysed using basic descriptive statistics. The results suggest that well designed mentoring schemes can support millennial employee retention. However, the mentors’ perception was excluded and the small sample size limits generalisation. Notwithstanding, the identified features informed the authors’ Millennial Mentoring Model (MMM) which proposes that a voluntary mentoring structure, mentee’s objectives, mentor’s attributes, mentoring-relational features and a structure for personal and career advancement in the organisation can strengthen millennial retention.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the British Academy of Management Annual Conference 2017
PublisherBritish Academy of Management
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)97809956413103
Publication statusPublished - 7 Sept 2017
Externally publishedYes
EventBritish Academy of Management Conference 2017: Re-connecting management research with the disciplines: Shaping the research agenda for the social sciences - University of Warwick, Coventry, United Kingdom
Duration: 5 Sept 20177 Sept 2017 (Conference website)


ConferenceBritish Academy of Management Conference 2017
Abbreviated titleBAM2017
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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  • Mentoring
  • Millennial employees
  • Retention


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