How was your weekend?

9246433545_2878d7ff64_mMentoring doesn’t have to be all business. Getting to know your mentor/mentee on a personal level can enhance the relationship by building camaraderie and trust. Your professional relationship does not preclude a personal connection. Instead of jumping right to business when you next meet, why not start the conversation by asking, How was your weekend? Do you have other tips for getting acquainted? Please share them below.

About Erin Thomas

Erin L. Thomas, Gender Diversity Specialist, works to develop systematic approaches for the representation, development and advancement of researchers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers at Argonne while engaging both female and male staff. Dr. Thomas has a PhD in Social Psychology from Yale University, where she conducted research on race and gender perceptions in workplace, economic and social policy contexts. She also received bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and International Studies and a master’s of science from Yale.
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4 Responses to How was your weekend?

  1. Share that you take time for your hobbies or to exercise. For example say “I am going to that Yoga class at noon today during lunch break” or “I am going running”. You may end up with a running-buddy

  2. Tina Henne says:

    I am going to partake in a serious case of the Blues this weekend. Not sad, just like good music. Sure to suplement with a bike workout and walk downtown.

  3. Leesa Drake says:

    Ask about families, especially if you see a family photo in his/her office. I’ve never met a parent who doesn’t enjoy a few moments of gushing about their children and it’s a great way to get to know another side of someone at work.

  4. AyurMana says:

    You could also ask ‘how do you spend your weekends’? It could open a little window to a personal conversation and you might end up as friends.

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