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How to Improve Virtual Onboarding?

HR Tech Outlook | Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Even when new employees understand the organization's values and why they are essential, it is not always clear what actions fit with those values. Only a few employees understand how to incorporate cultural principles into what they do in their daily work.

Fremont, CA : Employees are currently experiencing a connection crisis. According to a recent report, only 40 percent of workers feel like they belong at their workplace. The situation is even worse for new employees; just 32 percent of those recruited in the last year feel a sense of belonging to their company.

Working from home makes it more difficult to communicate with others. Although most businesses implemented remote work as a requirement at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, remote work would outlast the pandemic.

Here are some tips for improving virtual onboarding:

Strengthening Values and Purpose

Employees have a stronger link to organizations that express their values and mission, particularly if those values are similar to their own. Recent studies suggest most employees said that they will consider working for a company that has a better stance on the social issues that are most important to them. According to another study, workers who work for a company that takes a firm stand on current social and cultural problems are twice as likely to be satisfied with their employment.

In employment branding, messages about organizational values and intent are typical. These messages appeal to candidates' personal values, encouraging qualified candidates to apply for a position.

To forge a strong bond, HR leaders must be deliberate in sharing and reinforcing messages about the organization's mission in the onboarding process. This is more than just a fast online learning module. HR and hiring managers should express values through customized onboarding services and values-aligned training that help new hires relate the organization's values to their own.

The Teaching of Values Through Action

Even when new employees understand the organization's values and why they are essential, it is not always clear what actions fit those values. Only a few employees understand how to incorporate cultural principles into what they do in their daily work.

Leaders and administrators must clearly explain how the organization's principles manifest themselves in action and how they translate into actions. Progressive companies are using simulations in a simulated environment to provide new employees with the ability to apply company principles to important business decisions. In these exercises, new employees work in groups to work through real-life business situations, discuss their reactions, and gain positive input about how their responses matched with the company's principles and desired behaviors.

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