MCG Delivers Mentorship Experience

2023 NACo Achievement Award Winner

Montgomery County, Md., MD

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About the Program

Category: Personnel Management, Employment and Training (Best in Category)

Year: 2023

Montgomery County Government (MCG) Delivers: The Mentoring Experience is a group mentoring program created by and for County employees. The program aims to increase knowledge sharing and interdepartmental networking, foster career and leadership skills, enhance employee engagement and well-being, and grow a mentoring culture. A cohort of employees developed, piloted, and assessed the mentoring program in the summer of 2021 before transitioning it to the Office of Human Resources (OHR). OHR recruits employees to participate in the six-week group mentoring program. Interested employees fill out a survey, and the responses are then used to match mentees and mentors into small groups. Over six weeks, the groups meet once a week for an hour. Participants are given resources to support their mentoring sessions, including discussion guides for sessions covering topics such as career development and improving hard and soft skills. The experience is bookended with opening and closing sessions led by OHR. The mentoring experience has been well-received by employees. Surveys show that 90% of the mentees that the mentoring relationship positively impacted their career development, and 90% of the mentors said the relationship improved their leadership and coaching skills.