Onboarding is always a crucial event for any company. Successfully onboarding new hires into the team leads to higher productivity and retention. Conversely, employees who experience poor onboarding are more likely to seek out another job which generates both time and money losses, impacts your team’s morale and, ultimately, your business.
Today, onboarding new hires is even more challenging given that many companies are hiring and integrating new employees remotely but still lack well-structured online processes. Nevertheless, it is possible to deliver proper remote onboarding and there are many companies that make a good example of that.
LinkedIn, for instance, transformed its existing one-day onboarding program into a one-week virtual event that uses video conferencing software, videos, live speakers and facilitators, a new-hire company page, and a digital scavenger hunt. By having someone guiding new hires through a virtual onboarding program provides a better experience and ensures a successful integration in the company.
How Does Remote Employee Onboarding Programs Work?
Employee onboarding is a moment meant to provide new team members with all the elements that they need to be successful as they learn more about their role in the company and it gives employees an opportunity to get used to a new work setting. A remote employee onboarding program consists of a series of virtual activities that allow new hires to get to know their team and learn about the company’s culture, without meeting anyone in person at the office. Some activities can be formal (workshops, training sessions, video calls and exercises) while others may be more informal ( talking to various stakeholders, unscheduled coaching sessions with management).
Providing a good onboarding experience is crucial to improve employee engagement, job satisfaction, and retention rates. To implement an effective remote onboarding process, companies need to develop a specific onboarding program based on the use of online collaboration tools and supported by adequate documents and materials.
How to Drive Successful Remote Employee Onboarding?
As remote work will continue to be the norm for many companies and their employees, we gathered a list of best practices to effectively onboard new hires remotely.
1. Start Onboarding Early
Send new hires information about company culture and projects they'll be working on before their start date. This will give them the opportunity to analyse the information and feel more prepared on day one.
2. Promote Communication
Ensure that new employees get their IT set up quickly so that they have access to the digital workplace (company intranet, messaging apps, video conferencing software, and other apps and tools). This is essential for them to get familiar with the flow of the team quicker.
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Publié le 26 août 2020