Daily Record Staff//May 14, 2021
//May 14, 2021
Miles & Stockbridge
How do you define mentoring and what steps do you take to ensure it is a priority and just part of your job duties?
Productive mentoring relationships, like all relationships, require time and commitment. While email might be easier, picking up the phone or video conferencing is more personal and enjoyable. Routine check-ins with my mentors and mentees are a regular part of my schedule. I’ve also learned that good mentoring relationships go both ways. Over the last year, I’ve mentored a University of Baltimore law student who is incredibly curious and motivated. I’ve learned a lot about myself through this relationship, including about the value of tenacity and not being afraid to seek out mentors.
The past year has made us all face change in ways we did not know were possible. What are the tools you use to embrace change and to help your team navigate that change with you? What are you doing to lead important change in your organization and/or Maryland?
Throughout the pandemic, our Labor and Employment Practice Group has met virtually a few mornings a week. Previously, we met formally each month. Coming together more often helps us stay on top of new laws and analyze issues we see with clients. Another change is adding touchpoints for clients. I recently wrote an article about what employers need to know about the American Response Plan Act and I made a point to personally share it with clients. Many had questions about the law’s impact on their workforce and were grateful for the outreach. That simple step let them know I was thinking of them.