Considerations to keep in mind
As can be expected, remote onboarding comes with a few considerations to take into account. 37% of remote workers don’t feel connected to their peers, and onboarding can play a large role in making your employees feel comfortable and supported. Try to think of it from their perspective, and ensure your onboarding process helps them feel like a member of the team (and organization).
Jacky Cohen, chief people officer at the global HR tech company, Topia, believes that communication is key.
“The pandemic has really exacerbated the need for connection,” says Cohen. “The moment the offer letter is signed, we make sure we are in touch, whether that’s via email or phone, so people already feel that they’re part of the team.”
Regular communication is also a good way to take note of how your employees are feeling day-to-day. According to an in-depth study by Deloitte, well-being was the top-ranked trend even prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, with 80% of nearly 9,000 respondents ranking well-being as being important or very important to their organization’s success.
As they elaborate,
“Against that backdrop, when COVID-19 took hold, the crisis cast new light on the importance of well-being and made us acutely aware of the consequences when well-being is put at risk. Organizations took quick action to redirect resources towards making work safe and keeping workers healthy: moving workers into remote work arrangements, implementing testing and contact tracing strategies for onsite workers, and establishing new programs for emergency medical leave, childcare and eldercare support, and physical, mental, and financial health.”
Remote work can be a key factor in ensuring your employees’ well-being. However, when considering remote onboarding, keep in mind that you want a collaborative platform to ensure all of your employees and managers are on the same page. It’s crucial that your employees, new and old, have access to the same information both within and across departments.
Have you implemented a remote onboarding process yet? Ineffective virtual onboarding can lead to more than feelings of disconnect – unhappy employees lead to lower employee retention rates and cost your organization valuable time and money.