Providing workers with flexible working arrangements is the new norm for many modern workplaces. To remain competitive in today’s job market, employers need to keep up with the wants and needs of workers in order to attract and retain top talent, and part of that includes providing workers with the flexibility to work remotely.

It’s one thing to implement remote working in order to attract quality candidates, but just as important is effectively onboarding remote workers to ensure a positive experience and support retention efforts in the business. Employers who go the extra mile to welcome new starters will reap the rewards through improved work engagement, dedication and focus among employees. Here are a few tips to effectively onboard new starters virtually.

Workspace set up

It’s important to provide new remote employees with the software and equipment needed to perform the job. Include clear and concise instructions for set up, installation and logging on, and be on hand to guide employees through the process in case any issues arise. Further to this, schedule a video call to direct the new employee through communication channels and company software, to ensure a thorough understanding of the IT systems.

Don’t underestimate the impact of a welcome pack

Sending a welcome pack to a new remote employee can go a long way towards making them feel immediately part of the team. Working remotely can be isolating, so ensuring new starters feel included and appreciated from the get go helps to create a sense of community, raising morale and increasing workplace satisfaction.

Getting to know the team is key

Introducing new remote employees to the team as early as possible is a crucial step in the onboarding process. Scheduling a group virtual meeting allows the team to meet and get to know the new starter, and opens up the lines of communication in order to create a good foundation for camaraderie. It also allows new and existing employees to begin exploring each other’s work and communication styles, and assists in establishing the dynamics of the team and how everyone will function effectively together. This can be followed up with one-on-one virtual meetings with key team members who will be working closely with the new employee.

Set up a buddy system

To help new starters get settled and feel comfortable working in a remote team environment, managers can buddy up new employees with a team mate who will act as their point of contact for any work-related questions, concerns or issues that arise. This can include questions about the organisational culture, its operations and any other important aspects of the business. Additionally, an assigned worker should make a point to overcommunicate and regularly reach out to the new employee during the onboarding period in order to check in and nip any issues in the bud as soon as possible.

Provide a detailed overview of the team

Providing new employees with a detailed list of team member and other important key stakeholders will support a positive onboarding process. Information can include name, business contact details, position description and how the new employee will interact with each person in order to better understand operations and where they fit it, helping to improve workflow of the business.

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