8 Simple Steps For Awesome Remote Onboarding in 2020

  • Boost remote worker engagement and satisfaction
  • Reduce the time it takes from hiring to productivity
  • Build genuine trust with your remote team
  • Save yourself from having to re-hire every six months

1. Send Your Hardware

Few things will frustrate both you and your new employee, like having them spend the first few working days ironing out technical difficulties.

2. Create a Welcome Package

Making remote employees feel welcome can help embed them into your organization and feel like they’re part of the team. Creating a sense of belonging is essential, as one of the most difficult aspects of working remotely is the feeling of loneliness.

3. Develop a Buddy System

Besides potentially dealing with feelings of isolation, the first few weeks can be nerve-racking for new employees as they try to navigate company culture. But with an existing employee acting as a buddy/mentor, new employees can feel at ease. Buddies can help address any questions or concerns from remote employees as well as help with making them feel like they’re part of the team.

4. Streamline Your Process

There’s a lot of information for new hires to take in so break your orientation flow into chunks to better enable new workers to get up to speed. (As a quick side note, while some people may use “employee orientation” interchangeably with “employee onboarding” it’s important to realize that they are not synonymous. Rather, employee orientation is but one of the activities your new hire will go through as part of the overall onboarding process.)

  • Company Culture: Your company’s values, mission, and future aims
  • Company Structure: Introduce departments, common workflows, and the key people in charge
  • Tools Intro: Step-by-step guides to acquaint new employees with tools they must use
  • Role Intro: Overview of the role, their responsibilities, who they’ll report to and who they’ll work with
  • Project Overview: The specific projects they’ll be assigned to and their deliverables
  • Full self-service functionality to allow new hires to access documents like benefit plan descriptions, organizational charts, and the company’s employee handbook (saves new employees loads of time and prevents them from being overwhelmed with paperwork)
  • New employees can create their profile and connect with their team (new hires can get started with building natural, authentic relationships with colleagues)
  • Customized compliance, onboarding, and action-item checklists for employees to check off (keeps things simple and logical for new hires)
  • Ability to assign tasks to other team members during the onboarding process (eg HR organize a virtual-lunch)
  • View data to see which employees have completed their checklists and which are still outstanding (ensure full compliance)

5. Make Room For Training

Enable your new remote employees to better reach their full potential and optimum performance by providing training for the processes and systems they’ll be working with.

6. Add Purpose

If your new employee has worked remotely before, chances are they’ll have heaps of initiative and know-how about how to manage their workday effectively and keep their motivation up.But for first time remote workers, putting structure, focus, and a vision into their work can be a little more difficult. That’s why it’s important to set clear goals early on. You need to make new hires feel like the work they’re doing matters.

7. Touch Base Often

It’s alarmingly easy for remote employees to fall ‘out of sight, out of mind,’ especially once the initial onboarding process is over. However, consistent and extended communication is essential for keeping remote workers at the top of their game.

8. Analyze, Adjust, Improve

It’s rare to have a perfect remote onboarding process the first time around.

Wrapping Up

Onboarding a new remote employee is challenging. There’s so much to think about plus tons of extra coordinating, planning, and management that goes into it.



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