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Are Mentors Modeling Toxic ‘Ideal Worker’ Norms?

Mentors seldom use their roles to engage in identity work that celebrates the unique characteristics of their mentees. But research shows that mentors have a critical opportunity to redefine the often-gendered rhetoric of success that rewards ideal working at the cost of well-being. Drawing from a recent study, the authors offer tips for mentors and mentees on challenging toxic behaviors and unreasonable expectations and instead prioritizing health, well-being, and equity.

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