The coronavirus pandemic has brought so many activities to a standstill. Mentorship has also been affected. Mentors are now forced to change their approach due to the enforced lockdown and social distancing guidelines. Mentorship is highly needed during these difficult times. Mentors need new tactics during the coronavirus pandemic. Here are some tips to enhance mentorship and provide comfort as a mentor amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Change the “to do” list
Individuals might feel that they need to learn something new during this pandemic. It can be a computer language, playing an instrument, or developing an app. Learning these things should not be an expectation but a bonus. It is important to encourage the mentees to focus on tasks that are more manageable. When under intense fear and pressure for one’s health, it isn’t easy to be productive and focused. As a mentor, one is required to suggest ways people can meet their daily needs while ensuring social distancing. Holding a virtual meeting can also be helpful.
Mentees might feel disconnected from their professional and personal relationships during the pandemic. Reaffirming relationships is essential. A mentor provides comfort by checking on their mentees using texts, emails, and video calls. Checking on them and chatting will reassures them during these difficult times. This will allow them to process a new way of life. During video calls, let the trainees wear their home clothes. The professional dressing is uncalled for during such a time.
Lowering expectations for oneself and the mentees are essential. The pandemic has taken an emotional toll on everyone. People can easily transfer their stress to others. This is often in the form of poor communication and emotional reactions. Mentors should not demand high productivity from themselves and the trainees. They should lead by example and collaborate with the team members.
During this period, everyone is facing a myriad of problems. A mentor should listen and acknowledge the intensity of emotions these problems bring to the trainee. The mentor should let them understand that everything is acceptable and natural. However, mentors should not fix the issues for them. They can offer ideas to solutions.
Focus on the essential things
A mentoring relationship entails the empathetic and human part. Mentors should focus on what is urgent to the trainee. Considering their mental, physical, and emotional safety is essential. The mentor ought to prioritize by helping the mentees improve. Empathy and kindness are also important during this time.