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Federal Workplace Mentoring

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The Federal Workplace Mentoring Primer was developed for any federal government employee interested in learning the basics of workplace mentoring and how to apply them within the federal government. Readers will learn basic practices as well as some specific strategies, tools and activities for establishing formal mentoring relationships and programs within a federal government workplace.

This primer was developed to promote the use of workplace mentoring as a strategy to increase the retention, job performance and career advancement of any employee in the federal workforce. To ensure that this tool adequately supports the inclusion, retention, job performance and career advancement of employees with disabilities, women and minorities, the primer includes information, considerations, and strategies to promote workplace diversity and inclusion.

This primer is designed to complement the U.S. Office of Personnel Management's 2008 publication, Best Practices: Mentoring, which provides guidance to agencies for creating a business case for mentoring and outlines critical steps for developing and implementing a formal mentoring program.

Developed by the Institute for Educational Leadership in partnership with The Viscardi Center, Policy and Research Center for Employers on Employment of People with Disabilities. The primer was created as part of a federally funded grant from the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), U. S. Department of Labor.

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