Whilst many companies have mentoring schemes in place, these are not designed for the purpose of immersing individuals in the companies’ culture or intended to be on the job training.
For the more experienced the problem is based around integrating with a new team and understanding the culture, which is made more difficult when this only happens via Teams, Zoom or the like, as this leaves little opportunity for the small talk which happens naturally in the office and the gradual getting to know you.
Even worse for the young and inexperienced, who have greater challenges in learning the work, integrating with the team and absorbing the culture.
Many organisations we are working with and have been speaking too have instigated regular team calls to try and help these new joiners but admit these are partially effective.
Of course, lockdown has created an extreme situation, which is likely to recede in the coming months. However, many employers expect to have their workforce continue to work flexibly moving towards a hybrid model, which means some of the issues currently seen have the potential to continue, if not managed.