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How to Overcome Pandemic Fatigue: Tips for Mentors and Mentees in 2021

How to Overcome Pandemic Fatigue: Tips for Mentors and Mentees in 2021

2020 was the year of mentoring.

Fears about just retaining a job at all replaced previous anxieties about career paths and climbing the corporate ladder. Mentors and mentees have been able to be support systems, positive influences and, sometimes, even therapists in these changing times.

In order to make sure your mentoring relationships continue their significance, here are mentoring best practices:

Take the Initiative

Accountability is a key to succeed in the mentoring community, whether it be virtual or in-person mentoring. The pandemic has proved that accountability and intentionality are more important than ever. If you have something you want to discuss with your mentor, add it to your calendar. If you are looking to change the way you’re connecting with your mentee, make the request. If you want to receive an introduction to another person in your networks, make the ask. A mentoring relationship cannot be a passive arrangement. Together, mentor and mentee should be deciding what to focus on in their connection, so that both parties feel they are getting true value.

Connect with Your Partner in a Comfortable Setting

Mentoring relationships can be more than business. Occasionally, a meeting needs to be a place where a person can relax, act goofy or be vulnerable. It is important to check in with your partner and make sure you understand their needs and are providing a comfortable space, whether you’re the mentor or mentee.

This goes for meeting times and scheduling. Schedules change and pandemic restrictions still exist in the new year, every so often take the time to revisit the schedule and structures of your meetings. Confirm that these things still work for your relationship or make the adjustments that need to be made in order to better meet personal needs and goals.

Periodically Evaluate Your Goals

The goals you had for the end of 2020 might look very different from the goals you have for the beginning of 2021. Evaluate why you got into your mentoring relationship in the first place. It is important for you to both understand your objectives. Adjust your milestones to meet your new normal. And discuss these adjustments with your mentor or mentee. You can both help each other create new hopes and goals for the months ahead.

It can be tough to stay focused and committed to your mentoring goals at any time, let alone in the midst of a global pandemic and ever-changing work environments. Have patience with yourself and each other, and then adapt your commitment to mentoring in a way that best serves you in your current situation. You get what you put into mentoring, so you have to make the most of it. Identify the practices that will benefit you both in 2021 then put together a plan to accomplish the steps you will need to take to reach your goals.

Sophia Williams

Principal & Co-Founder