Tips for Successful Remote Onboarding

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, 50% of organisations reported that 81% or more of employees were working remotely during April 2020. Furthermore, “41% of employees are likely to work remotely at least some of the time” post-pandemic. What do these statistics indicate?

Transform your HR functions to cater to the remote workforce!

Amid all the upheaval caused by the global health crisis, many organisations have switched to a remote work model to minimise the health risks of their employees. However, remote working has also been found to decrease absenteeism, increase productivity, reduce turnover and cut down costs. As organisations realise the advantages, remote work will continue to be the trend even after the COVID-19 dust settles.

However, the challenges and needs of remote workers are different than those who work at the office. From communication to be available virtually, the overall experience is different. And the journey to make remote working a rewarding experience for your employees begins with successful onboarding.

Here are some valuable tips to make remote onboarding a seamless experience:

  • Make Them Feel Comfortable with a Pre-Onboarding Package

The first day at work – whether at the office or remotely – can be stressful. In the latter case, the employee may feel disconnected from the entire team and this can affect their morale. Make your recruits feel welcomed and comfortable by sending them a pre-onboarding package. The pre-onboarding process may include a welcome email, an introduction of the team members and the reporting superiors, whom to communicate for queries, the type of remote communication practiced in the company, etc.

This will help you get started with the onboarding process smoothly.

  • Ensure They Have the Right Tools

It is important to have a remote office set up for your new hires, including all tools or equipment required to get them working seamlessly. This may include a laptop and other necessary hardware/software or paying an ongoing stipend towards the payment of phone, internet, electricity or other supplies used for office purposes.

  • Use Online Tools

Switching to digital processes can help improve your organisation’s remote workplace efficiency. Using online tools can help streamline the onboarding and scheduling process, while your recruits will also have clarity regarding what is expected of them.

  • Introduce New Hires to the Team

Set up digital events that help introduce new employees to the team and instil a sense of belongingness, collaboration and positive company culture.

Outsourcing your talent acquisition requirements to a specialised team like Recruitment Central can help add more value to the onboarding process. Get in touch with one of our recruitment consultants today.

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