Mentoring schemes are a worthwhile investment for businesses as they will ensure the smooth transition of leadership, according to a recruitment consultancy.

The most effective managers who achieve the best results are the ones who have had a mentor to help them in their role, Stark Brooks says.

According to a survey of 10,000 workers in the US, 62 per cent of employees who said they have an effective manager also said they planned to stay in their job.

Sally Toumi, managing director at Stark Brooks, said ten years ago mentoring was something that would not have been seen and a lot of managers failed as a result.

“But the businesses who have wised up to that methodology of training people for the role are the ones who have been most successful,” she added.

The survey also showed workers in the UK were the most likely to say their manager is ineffective with 19 per cent agreeing with this statement.