As more companies opt to hire remote workers, they can encounter challenges with creating an onboarding process that supports virtual employees comfortably and effectively in their roles. Onboarding is a new employee’s first chance to see how you operate and what you have to offer. Use these strategies to make sure the experience matches the culture you’ve created.
Get the company welcome right
Be sure to assign a mentor or buddy to new appointments to incorporate the human engagement that is often found in the workplace but maybe lost in remote working environments. Set up coffee meetings with your teams for a catchup session that has a more casual agenda to “touch-base”. In some environments, it could be a good idea to gamify the environment where employees are encouraged to play against each other and build relationships.
Bring your company’s culture to the digital space
Company culture doesn’t need to be put on hold just because you’re working remotely. Company culture is important to employers and employees because workers who fit in with the company culture are likely to not only be happier, but more productive. You could schedule a virtual team meeting, or invite people to share updates about their lives during your one-on-one’s with them. Empathy goes a long way in maintaining morale, especially when you don’t get the same levels of face-to-face interaction you normally get in the office.
Offer online perks, benefits and support
In this current climate, it imperative to provide mental health support programmes, where emergency numbers and contact details are provided for departmental support. This builds a relationship of trust between the employer and the remote workers. It sets the tone that the employer is genuinely concerned about the wellbeing of their people. When a trust relationship is created in this manner – the employee moves from being a “creature of instruction” to an “intrapreneur” who becomes more accountable in their role.
Introduce online platforms as not only a place to interact with staff but also between staff. Chat rooms, social event calendars, mixers, employee recognition – or “Get to Know Me” exercises where different team leaders and their teams are introduced with a casual biography, are great ways to keep employees engaged.
Remote workers are beneficial to your business in many ways. Bringing them onto your team may require some modifications to your onboarding process, however. Use these strategies to make changes where needed and ensure your new, excited employees are set up for success from day one.
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