Since Gen Y really values mentors and the federal government is struggling to hire and retain young talent, its seems pretty obvious that a good solution is to use some tech talent to create a matching service.
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Both parties need to take an active role for this relationship to pay off.
The professional organization Young Government Leaders and social networking website GovLoop have done just that and just announced a service that GovLoop Founder Steve Ressler describes this way on Nextgov:
It's a little like eHarmony. What we saw is that the generations are looking for mentoring opportunities. So they can create a profile, get matches and accept the match.
GovLoop is open to federal workers in all states, though the mentoring project is starting out with just 50 relationships in a three-month trial. The plan is to bring together retired federal workers, baby boomers, Gen X and Gen Y employees.
Participants are expected to connect twice a month through Skype or in person. Though the site states that signup for those willing to be a mentor was through July 15, its main page is still recruiting them. Signup for those seeking a mentor is through Aug. 15, with matches and training to take place through Aug. 22 and the actual mentoring to take place between Aug. 22 and Nov. 18.
Speaking of harmony, on Government Technology, Ressler has posted some tips for achieving it in the workplace. My favorite tip for the young: Sometimes it's better to use the phone or stop by in person. My favorite tip for the more experienced: Mentor, don't parent. Don't compare your kid's age to the younger employee.