A&M's Women's Leadership Connection (WLC) is focused on creating channels for our employees to connect, engage, and build mentor / mentee relationships, both virtually and in-person.
In the following article, Drs. David Smith and Brad Johnson provide some great reminders for how to adapt and enhance mentoring practices to be effective and inclusive during remote periods of work. In particular, their advice on approaching situations with empathy, avoiding making assumptions, and offering the type of support that empowers mentees resonated with us.
We had the pleasure of hosting Drs. Smith and Johnson for a recent firm-wide panel discussion, where these messages were reiterated, not only in the context of remote work environments, but more broadly. We look forward to incorporating these tips into the WLC's programming. Read on for additional insights.
While continuing to lead direct reports and collaborate with customers remain business imperatives in the new “workplace,” don’t forget your mentees. Great mentors show up and engage with mentees in crises and uncertain times, even when that requires creativity and adaptation.