Mentoring is a job in itself — one that comes on top of an already full time position! Being an effective mentor requires additional work up front, but the benefits are well worth it. A well-mentored department will be a place that nurtures talent to help it reach its fullest potential. Your team members will be energized by projects that give them opportunities to learn and grow, and they’ll bring their new skills back to the department. If their upward career trajectory takes them to a new department or a new organization — great! I’d much rather have someone vacate a role to take on a new position they’re excited about than be in a job they dislike. If I’ve done my job as a mentor, they’ll have done quality work, enhanced the team, and enriched the profession as they moved forward on their own fulfilling career path.