Before hiring remote employees, you should make sure that you will be able to offer a structured onboarding program and continuous development for them – no difference from onboarding your in-house workers.
One survey found that onboarding can boost new hires performance by 83 percent and increase employee loyalty by 58 percent. Albeit onboarding is not a new program, it has a critical impact on the employees’ life cycle during their tenure, said Amber Hyatt to the survey. Not only productivity, but onboarding can also enhance commitment and engagement as well as improve employee’s ability to contribute to their new roles.
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But, how to achieve such targeted remote onboarding?
There are a few strategies you can apply. To begin with, make sure that all sort of paperwork on your onboarding program is received timely by the new hires. Services like DocuSign and Hello Sign are lifesavers for remotely signing paperwork that is legitimately and legally binding. After that, you can follow this advice.
Foremost, you should treat your remote hires just like in-house employees. Hence, make sure that your new hires receive equipment needed for their work like laptops or phones a little early, if possible, but don’t ever let it show up late.
This package should include everything that you would regularly give a new hire, for example, ample of information about company ethics and culture, a new custom t-shirt, or a buddy mentor who work in the same department. You might also want to add extra love showing that even if they are out-of-office, they are very much a part of the team.
Missing out a crucial aspect of a team’s culture is no surprise for remote workers. Therefore, on the onboarding process, you should capitalise on opportunities for your remote hires to face their teammates and vice versa. On the pre- and during the onboarding program, establishing smooth communication should be your goals. Without this, the nature of remote working could give a sense of isolation.
Next, set a clear expectation that your remote employees will attend meetings just like any other employee in order to show that their presence, even though not physically, is just as important as other in-house employees. To ease remote onboarding at a team meeting, you should have a video conference platform set up already. Additionally, the platform should be super easy to set up, browse, and mobile-friendly.
If you regularly hold one-on-ones for your in-office employees, there is no reason it should be different for your remote employees. A distance is not a plight for not caring about your remote team development and personal wants. Thus, you can frequently conduct communication with your remote team to engage them more in their job. As frequent as 77 times a week communication is great. In addition, you should also construct one-one-one questions that will give you better meeting outcomes.
The outcomes might not as expected but regularly inviting a remote team to employee gathering or outings will result well to their wellbeing. Remote employees will feel that their presence matters, thus, giving them a feeling of happiness. So, extend invitations to company-sponsored team events or to casual gatherings when your remote employees are available.
Last but not least thing to do on your onboarding program is to reach out to employees personally whenever there is something going on in the office, be it directly or indirectly related to their role such as asking their opinion or informing that XYZ will be happening. At the same time, you should make it clear that your door is always open all the time for them.
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