10 Aug Increasing Remote Employee Engagement Using Leadership Development Programs
The COVID-19 Pandemic caused a major shift from conventional office work to nearly 100% virtual remote work. This unexpected need to shift to virtual office spaces has led to some companies and employees enjoying and even preferring this flexible work from home lifestyle. Nonetheless, it is important to keep your employees connected and engaged, and in a work-from-home world – virtual mentoring is the answer.
How to Use Virtual Mentorship to Improve Company Culture
Companies all around the world are being forced to layoff employees. The workplace and job market are extremely unstable right now, and with that comes a lot of added stress. While employee interaction and engagement might not seem like a priority for leadership, now is when you need to listen to your employees most through virtual mentorship. Here are some actionable leadership development practices you can implement today:
Encourage check-ins and consistent communication
Your organization should be promoting proactive check ins. A strong relationship can’t be accomplished when a mentor and mentee are not communicating frequently. As an administrator you should be checking in often and providing further resources and information.
Go digital with online mentoring platforms
With many people still working from home and primarily staying at home there is a wealth of new information at your fingertips. Look into programs and platforms that include mentor matching, networking opportunities and direct ways to communicate.
Reach out to all employees, even if they’ve previously opted out
It is important to encourage all employees to participate if you are starting a new mentoring program or give those who originally opted out an option to now participate. Make your program easy and accessible to sign up for, many people may need more support during these strenuous times.
Provide direction to your mentors and mentees
Both mentors and mentees may be new to this program. Offering leadership and management training programs and a leadership development plan can serve as a reference for those newly involved. Just providing basic resources such as weekly conversation topics or links to articles and podcasts is a great way to start.
Emphasize an open line of communication
While two individuals might already be communicating due to their roles in the company, the mentorship program allows for more personal and casual conversations. Building relationships within the “office” is very important and can further both personal development plans.
The benefits of virtual mentoring on employee development
Human connection is necessary for personal, employee and organizational development. While most offices are still working from home it’s important to still make and foster these meaningful connections.
More so, using an online mentoring software can help you quickly streamline and accomplish this – by enabling you to design a virtual mentoring program with the capabilities to:
- Develop mentoring goals
- Accurately match mentors and mentees across departments
- Streamline all communication on one platform
- Track progress and results to effectively analyze program ROI