The current emphasis on working from home can make the process of onboarding new employees challenging. However, if you plan carefully and make sure that you have the proper resources, your business can continue to thrive and grow. Here are some strategies for successful onboarding remote employees.
Welcome New Personnel
The first step, of course, is to make your new remote employees feel welcome. Send out an email message that introduces them to your team and delineates their backgrounds, the positions they will fill, and the roles they will play. Invite your personnel to write and offer encouragement to the newcomers. Consider sending them a thoughtful gift.
Provide Tools for Success
Ensure that your remote employees have the tools they need to communicate efficiently and perform the tasks they have been assigned. This may necessitate providing them with a computer, software, a group messaging tool, a video conferencing platform, and company accounts and email.
Emphasize Company Culture
Although your remote employees may not meet in person, do your best to pass on your company culture to them. Supply them with documents and videos that describe your business’s vision, mission, and goals. Include them as much as possible in ongoing traditions. For instance, in place of festive in-person gatherings, schedule occasional virtual happy hours.
Offer Focused Training
The training you offer remote employees can focus on their areas of expertise. There is no need to confuse them with information on departments in which they are not involved. If possible, pair new personnel with mentors who can monitor their progress and offer advice.
During the onboarding process, check-in with your new employees frequently so that they can pose questions and share their concerns. Request feedback about the onboarding process once it has been completed so you can improve it for future remote employees.
For more advice on onboarding remote employees, get in touch with Lode Capital.