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The Guide to Virtual Mentoring Programs

 Guide to Virtual Mentoring

Connecting People In the Hybrid Workplace

In this time of virtual and remote work, human connection has been made even more critical. The modern workplace continues to adjust to working, learning and connecting remotely. How can leaders continue to foster connection and ensure people feel supported? One way is to introduce a virtual mentoring program to create deep, purposeful relationships from afar. As organizations continue to adapt to the hybrid workplace, there is one thing that binds us all together and that is the basic need to connect with one another. Learn how to implement a virtual mentorship strategy in your organization.

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“The opportunity to engage in a virtual mentoring relationship has been especially beneficial during COVID-19, providing another means of connecting with people across the global organization and looking at new ways of sharing and learning from each other.”

Aristocrat Technologies

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Virtual Mentoring Program Best Practices for the Hybrid Workplace

Proactively Check In

When participants are virtual or remote, program owners should be checking in regularly. Sending updates about the program reminds participants of their commitment to the mentorship program and helps them feel connected to what’s going on outside of their mentoring connection. Emails and digital nudges are a great way to prompt mentors and mentees to engage. [Read Article]

Emphasize Connection Tools

Reiterate the connection formats supported within your mentorship program, such as collaboration platforms like Slack, Zoom, Microsoft Teams or good old-fashioned telephone calls. Connective tools can help bridge the digital gap during uncertain times. These tools help drive mentoring connectivity and reduce isolation for remote workers when it matters most. [Read Article]

Engage Non-Participants

Mentoring can provide great emotional support during times of transition. Reach out to non-participants or those in your mentorship program who have yet to be matched with a mentor or mentee. Reminding them of this organization-provided outlet can help overcome any inertia that might have been delaying their participation. [Read Article]

Provide Helpful Resources

Whether it’s conversation starters, goal templates, articles or forums, give your mentors and mentees the resources needed to be productive within their mentoring relationships. By providing the right tools, you can help remove barriers for participants. Not sure what your mentors and mentees need at this time? Don’t hesitate to ask them. [Read Article]

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Tips for Virtual Mentoring Program Participants

Virtual mentoring quote - Fast Company

“Going forward, virtual mentoring is a key investment for companies to build talent capability.”

Tammy Perkins, Chief People Officer, PMI Worldwide

Virtual mentoring programs quote - Harvard Business Review

“Mentors play a pivotal role in safeguarding retention and building organizational commitment, particularly in times of crisis.”

David G. Smith and W. Brad Johnson, Athena Rising: How and Why Men Should Mentor Women

How Can Chronus Enable Your Virtual Mentoring Program?

Consider virtual mentorship one of the key avenues to connect people and cut through isolation. If you’re unsure of where to start, or need help transitioning your existing mentorship program to a virtual one, the Chronus team can provide you tips and best practices or guide you.

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