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How to Establish a Virtual Onboarding Process for Remote New Employees

By HR Tech Outlook | Monday, July 13, 2020

In a remote environment, companies can leverage virtual meeting tools to introduce new hires to their managers, team leaders, and colleagues and allow them to stay connected with each other

Fremont, CA: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses worldwide are being forced to switch to remote working. Organizations that were well-equipped with remote work and collaboration tools have managed to continue many business operations successfully. Although, many face the difficult task of having to fit processes such as hiring and onboarding new employees into a new environment.

Let us discuss the three essential tips to virtually onboard new employees: Top 10 Workforce Management Solution Companies in Europe - 2020

Encourage New Connections

Traditionally, as a part of the onboarding process, new employees would be given an office tour and be introduced to their coworkers. But, in a remote environment, companies can leverage virtual meeting tools to introduce new hires to their managers, team leaders, and colleagues and allow them to stay connected with each other. Besides, the HR department can assign new employees a virtual "welcome buddy" to help them get started.

Promote an Engaging Virtual Culture

Explaining office culture and values to new employees in a remote environment can be a daunting task. In that case, companies can establish ongoing touchpoints and check-ins to maintain the office culture and keep new employees engaged, motivated, and connected. Smaller enterprises can start office-wide virtual meetings or daily standups. Big enterprises can encourage regular video updates from the CEO, managers' requirements to have daily or weekly check-ins with their teammates, and virtual team celebrations. The purpose is to develop a regular schedule for interaction and communication in a virtual environment so that no employees feel isolated.

Create a Roadmap for Success

It is important to not let the onboarding process subside after the first day or week. Companies can establish a "meet-and-greet" roadmap that continues for several weeks to enhance new employees' connections with other individuals while remote. This can also help new hires learn more about the company and gain a deeper understanding of their work responsibilities. Companies should give new employees enough time to completely absorb the latest information and settle down in a completely remote work environment.

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