Over the past year, the workplace has changed dramatically with most of us working remotely and dealing with rapidly changing priorities. As we say goodbye to a challenging year and look forward to 2021, take some time to reflect on your experiences with co-workers over the past year; they may influence the goals or skills you choose to work on moving forward.
Do you admire a colleague’s ability to patiently manage a project during this period of rapid change? Or maybe you have a co-worker with a talent for staying on task and engaging team members during virtual meetings? Many of the qualities you appreciate in others are skills that anyone can develop with proper coaching through mentorship.
Beyond developing your skillset, mentorship is an opportunity to broaden your network and ability to see issues from multiple points of view. Among the many things we’ve learned this past year, one key take-away is how important cross-team support and collaboration is to creative problem-solving and innovation, especially during crisis.
Whether you’re looking for a mentor or you’d like to become one, the following articles written by Senior HR Professional Kathie Elliott can help you get started:
- Mentoring in the Workplace: Think mentorship is just one-on-one help from a more experienced colleague? Think again! There are many mentoring structures to choose from, depending on the goals of the mentors and mentees. Identify which structures may help you in your career.
- Finding a Professional Mentor: Finding the right mentor can make a big difference in your career. Once you find a potential mentor, how should you approach them? Find ideas for turning a current professional relationship into a mentorship.
- How to Become a Mentor: You may want to consider becoming a mentor if you have experiences and skills to offer. Even if you are early in your career or new to your position, you still have knowledge to share. Find steps to take to be ready when a mentorship opportunity arises.
Additionally, as you think about the goals or skills you want to work on and how mentorship could play a role in achieving them, consider tying them to your Performance Excellence goals (for support staff). For more information about how to set yourself up for success as you identify goals, check out this When SMART Meets HARD: Setting Goals that Matter article.