In this time of physical distancing, human connection has been made even more critical. People are experiencing an unprecedented and abrupt transition to working, learning and connecting remotely, whether they feel ready for it or not. How can leaders act quickly to foster those connections and ensure people feel supported? One way is to introduce a virtual mentoring program to create deep, purposeful relationships from afar. While some organizations will face harder times than others in the coming months, there is one thing that binds us all together and that is the basic need to connect with one another. Learn how to implement this virtual mentorship strategy in your organization.
The opportunity to engage in a mentoring relationship has been especially beneficial during COVID-19, providing another means of connecting with people across the global organisation and looking at new ways of sharing and learning from each other. – Aristocrat Technologies
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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]
Reiterate the connection formats supported within your mentorship program, such as instant messengers like Slack, video conferencing through Zoom or Skype 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]
Mentoring can provide great emotional support during tumultuous times. 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.
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 your participants. Not sure what your mentors and mentees need at this time? Don’t hesitate to ask them.
Consider virtual mentorship as one of the key avenues to connect people and cut through this era of social distancing and 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 through our platform.
“Going forward, virtual mentoring is a key investment for companies to build talent capability.” – Tammy Perkins, Chief People Officer, PMI Worldwide
“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
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