Tips for Onboarding a New Remote Employee

The pandemic has forced more of us to work from home and learn new ways of doing business. This includes hiring and onboarding employees remotely. Over the past year, ITS Global has worked with numerous clients to get this crucial aspect of their new hires’ experience right.

Here are three of the most important things you can do when you’re onboarding your remote employees:

1. Virtual Team Introductions
As remote work grows in popularity and access to a physical environment becomes limited, your new employees may find it challenging to integrate into your company’s culture and processes. To alleviate feelings of isolation and unproductivity, make your new employees feel welcome from day one by scheduling a video call with the entire team as well as one-on-one video introductions with the people they will work with directly. These early introductions will enhance enthusiasm while communicating your company’s culture, structure, and goals.

2. Create Clear Goals
Create a clear list of goals (or a checklist) when bringing a new remote employee into the company. Giving them a chance to meet their team members and familiarize themselves with your policies must be at the top of your list. Not only does it provide a sense of belonging, but it sets new hires up for success.

3. Establish Remote Communication Channels
Onboarding should be interactive to keep new hires connected and engaged. Equipping them with the right technology and platforms is crucial. Consider conducting training sessions where you introduce new team members to the various company tools. Effective communication is hard to come by, even in an office setting, and remote work is no different. Establishing communication channels to assist new team members with their transition must be considered. Your organization’s communication etiquette is also worth explaining.

Final Thoughts
It’s important that your expectations, communication channels and company policies are clear from the start. Through interactive video sessions that provide an overview of your company and meetings with key personnel, employees who work from home can start working with your company successfully. After all, well-equipped employees (remote or otherwise) result in significant business value and are vital to the success of your business.

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