It has been over a year, but tomorrow (October 25, 2020) Maryland State Parks will be kicking off their pilot Employee Mentoring Program. The goals of the program are: 1) To address an agency need to grow and develop the future leaders of the Maryland Park Service. 2) To share institutional knowledge between employees across classifications. 3)To encourage positive, supportive relationships across the agency. 4)To meet the demand from the field for non-conventional learning opportunities that go beyond the classroom.
The Joseph Factor Group has been a part of the process of developing the mentoring program providing inspiration, insights, and counsel. Anthony D. Bobo, Jr. (Senior Associate, The Joseph Factor Group) as an appointed member of the Maryland Governor's State Parks Community Advisory Committee was asked by the Maryland State Parks Director to aid in the creation of the mentoring program for the employees. “It was my pleasure to meet with the State Park leadership, designated program development committee, and park employees to see what we could do to enhance the relationships and ensure succession planning in the parks,” says Anthony. “We love the parks! We often vacation, recreate, and enjoy the parks. To contribute to this rich public investment is a blessing.”
The Employee Mentoring Program will start tomorrow with the group participating in the first year of the pilot program. The year will be filled with one-on-one discussions, several training sessions on leadership, and evaluating program effectiveness.