Welcome to Mentorship Monday!
January was National Mentoring Month and throughout the Federal government agencies found innovative ways to continue to expand mentorship efforts and to increasingly make mentoring part of our workforce culture. Let’s keep that enthusiasm going!
I have been fortunate to have wonderful mentors along the way in my career. I know how much they meant to me and I hope as I’ve progressed in my work life I’ve paid that forward by being a mentor to colleagues.
Mentoring shouldn’t be a top-down experience. When mentorship relationships exist throughout the workforce, it fosters an atmosphere where people feel more engaged and included. This type of workplace environment helps agencies meet their missions through a more productive and successful workforce.
Just last week, OPM held a brown bag roundtable lunch to talk about a vision for the future of the OPM mentorship program. Participants shared ideas about how to foster a mentoring culture at the agency, and there will be more sessions to come. I plan to share more of these efforts at OPM and other mentorship activities in the coming months.
So let’s all get on board. Think about ways we can reach out to each other throughout the year to make mentoring a part of the everyday workplace experience. Think about what kind of a mentoring relationship you’re looking for. Talk to colleagues. Start your own group – formal or informal. You can inspire others in your own agency and throughout the Federal government.
On Mondays, look for me on Twitter, Facebook and other social media outlets so we can highlight what’s new and exciting on the mentorship front.
Let’s get mentoring!
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