With most employees now working from home due to the impact of COVID-19, implementing a smooth remote-employee onboarding is more important than ever. Why? According to a recent report, talent scarcity and high staff turnover are among the biggest challenges organisations face in 2022, so it’s more imperative than ever for companies to retain employees.
So, how can a company refine their onboarding process for their remote employees? Read our blog below to find out more.
1) Make employees feel welcome
First things first, you’ll want the employee to feel that they’ve made the right choice in choosing to work for your company. Prior to their first day, consider sending employees a welcome pack to introduce them to your company. This could include role-relevant information and documentation. You could also introduce them to their new colleagues on their first day by arranging welcome videos or emails created by their teammates, which could include tips or advice that may help them get settled.
2) Arrange the onboarding basics
Focus on the basics of the onboarding experience. This could include: scheduling meetings with the new hire first thing in the morning and at the end of the first day, scheduling an informal virtual team lunch for the new employee to meet their new teammates, setting them up with a performance management system to check their overall progress and achievements throughout their role, and supplying them with information such as videos or web links to teach them about the company’s history and mission.
3) Accommodate all learning types
Everyone is different, and not everyone learns in the same way. Employees may learn by seeing, hearing, reading or writing. Make sure to offer different types of process materials to them to help them feel welcomed and included in the company workplace.
4) Don’t make onboarding too formal
The first three months are critical for any new hire, meaning that onboarding is one of the most crucial processes that HR oversees. Sometimes, the onboarding process can come across as “robotic”, and with employees working remotely, they’ll want to feel as though they are talking to someone human. So why not add an informal onboarding process into the mix? This could be anything from informal chat to playing an online virtual game to break the ice.
5) Use performance management for remote employees
Getting employees set up with an online performance management tool not only supports their wellbeing but also improves performance, as well as allowing employees to self-reflect and give feedback.
Clear Review is 80% about performance improvement and 20% about measurement. It focuses on features that will improve and develop employees whilst still providing the most important measurements that companies need to make business decisions. Most other performance management software tools work the other way around — they are 80% about measurement, which doesn’t lead to improved employee performance, and usually results in poor user adoption.
By implementing these steps, the new hire will understand what is expected of them in their new role, as well as help them to envision their future within the company. Organisations that get employees excited and prepared in their new role will improve new hire retention by 82% and productivity by over 70%.
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