Sherilynn Gomes 10 June - 3 min read
Adapting to the new normal – 6 steps to successfully onboarding an employee virtually
Remote working in 2021. A novel concept that failed to gain traction prior to COVID-19 has suddenly gained global momentum. With those of us lucky enough to work from home enjoying a drastically shorter commute time, flexible work/life balance and more sleep, the push for a more mobile workforce is now in full force.
As we enter a new age of digital employment, virtual onboarding plays a critical role in talent acquisition and retention. But how do companies develop a strong onboarding experience that leads to long term retention, and all from behind a computer screen?
With more than half our team spread across state and international borders, we’ve become quite the experts. Here are just some of the steps we take to successfully onboard our remote team members.
1. Start strong with great pre-boarding
2. The buddy system
3. Learn their communication style
4. Outline tasks and set expectations
5. Book regular check-ins
Great onboarding is also about creating a development plan and building on their knowledge and skill set. By scheduling regular check-ins, you can track their progress, highlight areas that need improvement, understand their hurdles, and celebrate their successes. It also provides you, the hiring manager, a great opportunity to learn what areas of your onboarding process works well and what needs fine-tuning. After all, recruitment is not just a one-time thing so it’s important to ensure you’re continuously refining your onboarding template.
6. Get the team involved
For years we’ve known that inclusion and diversity (I&D) in the workplace can have a positive impact on teams and performance. Now, studies are showing that companies with traditional hiring models could lose out on more than just talented candidates.
When it comes to remote working, the one thing we learned over the past 18 months is that working in the office doesn’t necessarily equate to happier employees or higher productivity levels.
For the majority of us, working from home has now become quite the norm. This new way of working certainly has a lot of perks – you miss the rush-hour traffic, you can save on child care fees and you can do your job from the comfort of your own home.
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