Many companies have formal mentoring programs. These programs help employees find a mentor that can advise them on their career and provide some guidelines for both the employee and the mentor. Some people however do not think they have the skills or the time to be a mentor. The thought of participating in a formal mentoring program is too overwhelming. So let’s put aside the formal mentoring program and talk about a way you can do informal mentoring.
Many of us work in a cubicle existence and actually cubicles are way more conducive to informal mentoring than being in an office. Come on now, don’t deny that you “accidentally” overhear many of the conversations that goes on around you. It’s okay. For informal mentoring use the power of overheard conversations to your advantage. We all can’t be an expert in everything and my guess is you have knowledge about something your cube neighbors don’t have. Since you are listening in to their phone calls and cubicle conversations anyway, when you hear something that you know you can provide helpful information on, step up to the plate and offer your knowledge. That’s what I call cubicle mentoring.