Whether or not you have a formal or more casual mentor in your life, the benefits of a trusted confidant reach far beyond increased engagement and sense of belonging (which, is convincing on its own—we know!). According to our 2021 State of the Octoverse Report, when a commitment to mentorship is combined with friendly and timely code reviews, teams see a 46% boost in productivity in open source projects and 16% in companies.
I work two hours a day, every weekday on OnlineOrNot, and no other side projects. I managed to keep this going for about 10 months this year (with a cheeky 2 month burnout in the middle).
The toll that working through the global pandemic has taken on employees’ job satisfaction and emotional well-being has focused business leaders on fostering workforce happiness as never before. While many — if not most — of us are motivated by genuine caring for the people who power our organizations, we also intuitively know that employee happiness should boost job performance. Still, two nagging questions remain: Which comes first, succeeding and then being happy, or being happy and then succeeding? And just how much does initial happiness matter?
There are now more than 1,200 current unicorn startups—private companies valued at $1 billion or more—in the world, per The Crunchbase Unicorn Board.