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In today’s workplace atmosphere, more and more companies are relying on remote work to continue business operations. However, many have found difficulty transferring key interactions with employees and managers from what used to be in person to online/remote interactions. An employee’s onboarding phase is one of the most important during the course of an employee and employer’s relationship, it sets the precedent for what is to come.

Here are some tips and areas to focus on to ensure you create a positive first impression during your remote onboarding:

Invest in the Right Technology

Many companies will rely on a “cookie-cutter” technology solution for all positions within the company. While this aids in streamlining processes, not all roles within a company require the same technology. Some require more than others. Taking the time to invest in the right softwares and physical technology for the different departments and roles within your business will provide your new-hire the tools they need to be successful.

Set Realistic Expectations

Rushing through a training program is sure to lead to frustration and missed steps. By setting realistic expectations for the employee and the time it will take them to become acclimated and efficient in their role, you will ensure their long term success. Create a thorough training plan for each role that you are onboarding, and assign relative tasks and trainings and tasks to the appropriate manager or employee within the company to provide the most complete training available.

Encourage a supportive team culture

During the rush of the day to day, it is often difficult to have each employee contact a new hire on their first day. By creating a supportive team culture, each employee will make themselves available as a resource and a connection. Find a way to introduce the new employee, by email, team web call, etc. to ensure that the rest of the company knows of their arrival and position.

Create a coaching plan

Just as each position should have a thorough job description that outlines the requirements and responsibilities of the role, there should be a coaching plan with KPI’s as well. This assists the employee to know what their goals will be in the first 30-60-90 days and onward. Employees that have clear expectations and goals are 73% less likely to leave the company within the first two years.

Communication, Communication, and more Communication

Constant communication, scheduled check-ins, and interaction during the onboarding and training period will create a deeper relationship with the new hire. Onboarding and training goes beyond the first day, week, and month – it extends into the complete relationship.

Out of all of the investments you make into your business, few are as important as your employees. That’s why taking the time to correctly onboard your employees is crucial for your (and their!) success. Here at Gro HR, we know what it takes to create an onboarding process that works. We have helped businesses in a variety of industries hire and train their dream employee. Our HR team is passionate about helping organizations like yours build the best team to aide in your success. Schedule a call with our team to see how Gro HR can offer you expert assistance with your onboarding and training needs!

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