Onboarding new hires
The general idea is unanimously accepted – give your new hires the best possible start. That translates into making the new hires experience amazing from when
Onboarding remote employees
What are some best practices that help to maintain the same involvement and inclusion for a new hire? Below are a few points that are good to keep in mind when it comes to designing a good employee onboarding for remote hires.
Don’t slack on prepping for their start
Just like one prepares for a welcome of a new hire so should one prepare for a remote employee’s first day. Make sure to share detailed communication ahead of their first day, gather essential information and making sure managers welcome them ahead of their first day.
It’s hard to escape the paperwork! This is an essential part of hiring a new employee. To make the processes simpler one can use services like DocuSign or HelloSign. It makes the processes smoother and makes it easier to make sure that things actually get signed in time. There are several other services that help one do the same thing but we can really recommend digitalizing the paperwork, it will save you a ton of time.
In most cases, you will also need to make sure to provide equipment to your newly hired remote employee, whether it is a cell phone, computer or something else. Just like it is important for an in-office employee to have their equipment on their first day, the same is true for a remote hire. Having them receive their equipment after there first day shouldn’t be seen any more ok than it is for a new hire at the office. To make sure to avoid that streamline the processes internally and make sure to send the things a bit in advance so shipping doesn’t cause any hiccups
Putting together a nice welcome package is actually even more essential for remote hires since it really enables you to communicate excitement, culture
Face Time with the team
Remote employees aren’t in the office as much as the rest of the team so they are missing crucial aspects of their team’s culture, the chit-chat, and spontaneous discussions. This also makes it hard to notice if they are drifting away since you don’t usually interact with them as much as with other team members in the office. It is important to make sure to communicate regularly with the remote hires and sure to use video when it comes to meeting and other social parts.
Team Meetings / All-hands
Make sure to set the right expectations from the beginning. Even though they may be a remote hire they should be expected to participate in important team meetings as well as company and division wide all-hands meetings. Make sure to have a good video-conferencing tool, something that is simple, reliable and mobile friendly.
Regular one-on-ones are essential even though the employee is working remote. It will give both the employee and the manager the opportunity to connect, get to know each other and even create a feeling of belonging if done well. These regulare conversations will break down the distance that may exist between the employee and the manager. Same principle here, use a simple,
Invite the remote employee to office events
Make sure to invite the remote hire when it’s time to grab a cup of coffee, eat birthday cake or even for lunch if it works with the time zones. The more of these events one can make sure to have with the remote hire
Remote, but still top of mind
By making a conscious effort to show the remote employee they are a part of the team even though they are out of the office you will increase engagement and crate a stronger bond between them, the company and their team member. Reach out to them personally every once in a while just to check how everything is going. The