|[January 10, 2019]
Employee Onboarding for Your Remote Workforce
Remote work is one of the biggest transformations in the workforce in
recent years. Working from home on a regular basis has grown by 140
percent since 2005, in fact, it's the fastest growing workforce.
With help from platforms like Sapling,
many organizations run effective onboarding procedures for their
office-based employees-which can retain talent and ramp up productivity.
However, a conscious effort has to also be made for onboarding remote
workers. Employees who have a negative new
hire onboarding experience (remote or otherwise) are twice
as likely to look for new opportunitis in the near future.
Help them feel like part of the team
It's important to find ways to introduce your remote new hires to the
team. Notify your team when a new hire signs their offer letter, and
encourage them to reach out via email, Slack, or LinkedIn (News - Alert) to say "hi"
and welcome them to the team. Invite new hires to join you for a virtual
coffee or breakfast meeting on their first day to meet their new team
via a video conferencing tool like Zoom. Give them a shout out during
your all-hands meeting, or in your internal newsletter.
Give them the tools they need to be successful
onboarding has many moving pieces and dependencies, and with a
remote onboarding process, you'll help ensure your distributed employees
have the tools they need to be successful. Send new hires company
branded office equipment and offer a stipend to set up their office.
Create an email address, add them to appropriate Slack channels, and
grant them access to your internal wiki. Tell them who to contact for
equipment or technology problems. Be clear about responsibilities and
objectives, and set goals and timelines. Schedule check-ins for day 7,
15, 30, 60, and 90. Gather feedback to continually improve your remote
onboarding process, leaving no stone unturned.
Provide them with a remote buddy
Buddy programs help connect your remote workers to the organization,
giving them access to inside information, and get comfortable with
remote work. Distributed employees often have questions around
navigating remote work. For instance, they may need guidance on ordering
office equipment or advice on how to separate work from home life.
Whenever possible, partner your remote new hires with fellow remote
workers who are better equipped to answer the different types of
questions asked for a faster ramp for new employees, and higher employee
engagement for both the new hire and their buddy.
Onboarding is the most critical first impression a new hire will have
into your organization. As it stands, 63 percent of employers have
remote workers, yet 57 percent lack remote policies. Sapling, an
onboarding and HRIS platform for mid-sized companies, has helped
forward-thinking organizations like Invision to create remote
onboarding playbooks that drive fully engaged and productive
employees who are happy to stay and contribute for many years.
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