How in the world can you acclimate and train new employees when they aren’t even in your building? That’s what HR teams have been asking themselves as the reality of a more remote workforce has set in. It can be challenging to onboard a new employee from afar, but we have seven tips to help you plan for success.
Your Remote Onboarding Strategy
Virtual onboarding probably isn’t your preference; we’ve heard most HR managers scrambled at first to put their remote onboarding plan in place. That’s understandable in the midst of so many new things as part of the global pandemic. Yet we’ve all put plans in place to make sure new employees are welcomed even if it’s through a digital screen. Here are seven things to do right now to improve your remote onboarding technique:
- Evaluate how you’re currently conducting onboarding. What is working and what should be changed? Are you able to convey information concisely and well while still creating a welcoming employee environment? Which steps in your onboarding plan aren’t contributing to this goal?
- Do you have the technology tools in place to help you and your new employee onboard appropriately? Today, there are all kinds of software today, from learning management systems, video conferencing platforms, and employee survey and engagement tools. What do you need to onboard appropriately today? During training, think about how you can facilitate communication between team members when they’re not even in the classroom together.
- Now consider your new hire’s learning styles. Instinctively you know there are visual learners, auditory learners, and others who prefer to learn while doing instead of being taught. How can you accommodate all of these learning styles when these workers are remote? It’s much harder to know when you’re losing your audience when employees are in a video conference. Make sure your onboarding program covers all of these learning styles to optimize your program.
- Remotely track and measure performance both in new hires and in existing employees. It’s harder to pick up anecdotal information on how remote workers are doing, so you need a measurement tool to take the place of this data. Measuring skills regularly can give you information on how to change your training programs to help everyone improve.
- Build your company culture at every juncture. Making new hires feel they are a part of the team is hard when they are remote, so HR teams must make a greater effort to bring everyone into the old.
- Develop your onboarding communication plan to make sure your new employees are enrolled in benefits and setting up permissions and accounts. Share this communication plan with the new employee even before their first day to keep them engaged during that critical time between signing the offer letter and coming on board.
- Get your managers on board with all of these efforts and enlist their help in onboarding their new team members. They will play a crucial role in making everyone feel at home. Get on the same page about how to engage remote workers for the long haul to continue the effort you made during onboarding.
We Can Help Improve Your Remote Onboarding Process
These seven tips will help you improve your remote employee onboarding efforts. ADD STAFF works hard to ensure our candidates are fully equipped to join your team. Find out how we can help your HR teams improve their time to hire qualified, experienced remote teams. Contact us today.