Remote working has become ever more popular and, in some cases, necessary for the Hiring Manager or the new employee (or both). How do you ensure that the new employee is onboarded successfully and feels like one of the team during these uncertain times?
We suggest five top tips to help you do this:
Prepare in advance.
It is important to ensure that you prepare the correct information in advance of their start date. Ensure the contract and offer paperwork goes out, and the necessary ID checks are done so they can start on time and eliminate delays.
Check the infrastructure currently in place.
It may seem simple, however, running through a checklist (for both staff and employer) to ensure both parties have everything in place for a smooth technical onboarding will solve many issues. This could include software licences, IT hardware, access to collaboration software (Riot, etc), contact details for the key personnel.
Introduce the team.
On the first day, it is a good idea to arrange an online video meeting with the team to break the ice and increase comfort. This way the new starter can get to know people’s faces and what their job involves in relation to the other employees. As the week progresses it is also a good idea to arrange one-to-one calls with each team member.
Give a video tour of the workplace.
If you have a main office or manufacturing facility and there are members of staff working there, it would be useful to organise a video tour so that that the new starter can get an idea of the environment they will be working in.
Organise remote social activities.
In a recent survey conducted by CK, 38% of people said that having to adjust to a new company environment worried them the most when taking a new job offer. In view of this, it is beneficial to organise social activities so that employees feel welcomed and at ease. Suggestions include video conference lunches/coffees with the team, video board game nights (or more traditional RPGs like D&D). Book and virtual running clubs have also worked well for other companies.