Effective onboarding is key to getting new employees up to speed, setting expectations, enabling them to make an immediate impact, and creating collaboration within teams. If your organization is hiring, here are some tips to transition to successful remote onboarding or make your current remote processes more effective and efficient.
Start with the right equipment
New hires need the right set up. Make sure new employees have the hardware and manuals they need, starting with a laptop, mouse, keyboard, and monitor if necessary. One of the first phone calls or meetings your new team member should have should be with a member of the IT staff to walk them through logins, installs, and more. One of the most important steps is ensuring that employees know how to use any communication platforms and collaboration tools.
Connect with HR
During an onsite onboarding in an office, it’s possible to sit with a new hire and walk them through the forms and answer questions about policy. In a remote situation, this process is still crucial, so employees should have a one-on-one with an HR team member or be part of a group onboarding call that walks any new employees through paperwork and policies and allow for teams to ask questions. This is a great time to go over the employee handbook, insurance and benefits information, PTO procedures, and more.
New hires shouldn’t be sitting at home or in their remote workspace wondering what to do next. Employees should have a schedule and an onboarding to-do list. This can be a collaboration between HR and hiring managers, but before or during their first day, new hires should have a schedule of how their first week will look with everything from meetings with HR, IT, and managers to breaks, trainings, and more.
Having employees meet their teammates is incredibly important to morale, collaboration, and a sense of belonging and engagement for new hires. Managers can schedule team introductions with peers and fellow department members or set up meetings for new hires to have one-on-ones with relevant people within the organization.
Schedule regular check-ins
Managers should make time to have daily conversations with new employees for at least the first week and assess what employees feel like they’re missing or offer dedicated time to answer any questions they might have. It’s also an opportunity for team leaders to offer advice and tips for success in their role. Keeping communication open – and consistent – is important for creating team cohesion, and even more important for remote teams.
Care and diligence are important for onboarding and a well-designed onboarding process can easily be transitioned to a remote format. If you’re looking for help with hiring, our team can help. Our expert recruiting staff can connect you with the right talent for your open roles and help support your business success.