Tips for Remote Onboarding of Virtual Employees

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, many companies have had to quickly adjust their hiring process. While some companies have paused their recruiting efforts, many others have had to take their recruiting process online – including the onboarding of new employees.

Here are some tips to help you successfully onboard remote workers:

Manage the pace

  • Space out your training sessions. Allow ample time for Q&A.
Provide them the basics
  • Provide essential paperwork/documentation in a digital format
  • Send a schedule of what to expect their first few days – who they will meet, what they will be doing
  • Set new hires up with collaboration tools for communicating with the team
Create opportunities for social interaction
  • Host a virtual team lunch to welcome your new hire
  • Individual introductions to each member of the team, including leaders and cross-functional teams
  • Introductions to support teams
Assign an onboarding buddy (or two!)
  • Assign someone specific to check in with them regularly, answer their questions, and make them feel welcome at their new company 
Set clear expectations
  • Assign them 2-3 tasks they can complete during their first week and/or month
  • Set expectations around working hours, required meetings, participation, etc.

With the proper steps in place, you can develop a successful onboarding process and ensure your new employees feel confident and comfortable in their new roles. 

We would love to hear about your experiences with navigating virtual onboarding. Please contact Blake Babcock at bbabcock@staffsol.com. 

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