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How To Use Mentoring To Combat Employee Isolation And Burnout
With a new virtual workforce, companies are using mentoring to connect to employees
Within the last few months, many companies have shifted their talent development focus to today’s greatest employee engagement threat: isolation and burnout. Instead of slashing the budget intended for employee development, which has been a historical response to uncertain conditions, organizations are proactively investing in mentoring initiatives that connect employees and help them support each other.
COVID-19 has made remote work a necessity, with enterprises like Apple and Google announcing no return to the office until mid-2021. Companies are turning to mentoring software to help connect their employees in these difficult times to engage and develop them. While some companies have been forced to lay off employees, they’ve also realized more than ever that they need to retain the employees who remain.
HR practitioners are racing to put support in place for an unprecedented number of employee challenges. Organizations are dealing with newly remote employees, working parents with school-age children at home, employee illness, and the productivity impact from the events of 2020. Teams are disconnected and face new obstacles when collaborating. Managers are navigating difficult conversations without a script. All of these challenges create a serious risk of both isolation and burnout even for the most talented employees.
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