With the new surge of cases across the globe and the new variant of the virus emerging from the UK and spreading across the planet, 2021 also seems to be a year of virtual engagement and strict lockdowns. Hence, welcoming your new employees in person may not be happening anytime soon.
As companies continue to hire employees remotely, they face the challenge of creating an onboarding process that accomplishes this goal for remote employees. Remote onboarding has undoubtedly become the new normal, which also means that in-person office meetings are not happening anytime soon. And it becomes really tough for remote employees to adjust to the company’s culture and engage with their peers in a remote work mode. Especially if they are not used to a remote environment.
Here’s a quick checklist for HRs to seamlessly onboard remote employees and create a vibrant work from home culture ensuring an engaged workforce.
Step 1: Recruiting Employees Virtually
Provide detailed messages using
- Interview questions
- Job descriptions
- Your company website
Check culture compatibility
- Conduct interviews remotely
- Set up remote meetups with key teammates
- Introduce candidates to remote collaborators
- Evaluate them on basis of remote test
Step 2: Seamless Onboarding
Outline work logistics and work expectations in the offer letter. Get them to fill out all the essential paperwork online such as-
- Tax forms
- Legal forms
- Job contract
- Acceptance or rejection of offer letter
- Banking form for payroll
- Retirement plan enrollment forms
- Health plan enrollment forms
- Insurance forms
Step 3: Remote Onboarding Made Easy
Engage candidates from day 0
- Share inspiring quotes about working at your company
- Schedule virtual coffee dates
- Send welcome notes and letters
- Create an online portal as a help center for employees
Deliver essential information
- Provide them company email address with details of email service
- Itinerary or calendar for the first few weeks/months
- Set up their individual goals and KRAs
- Share the list of resources, provide access to internal software
- Get them to fill out their personal details online using company’s HRMS platform
Step 4: Welcoming Remote Employees on Day 1
Engage your employees, make them feel comfortable
- Send them a treat, such as a work-from-home kit.
- Have the team make a welcome video for their new workmate
- Set up a virtual team meet
- Send them swag, such as chocolates, branded company coffee mugs or a flower of bouquet.
- Have company leaders or top performers tell their stories and share experiences.
- Provide detailed information about growth potential and career development plans
Introduce new employees
- Let the managers schedule morning or evening virtual meetings
- Assign a buddy from the team
- Celebrate with a “remote branch” from respective desks
- Schedule a virtual meet-and-greet with all new employees.
- Have new hires answer some get-to-know you questions.
- Send them a video providing a virtual office tour.
Step 5: Orienting Remote Employees in the First Weeks
Help new employees create new bonds
- Continue regular manager check-in meetings.
- Pair the new employee with peers across the company for virtual coffee meet
- Play at least one online team building game each month
- Align new employees with multiple stakeholders across the company on different projects
- Offer recognition for task completed and goals accomplished
Step 6: Remote Employee Satisfaction Score
Measure remote employee satisfaction level
- Gather and respond to remote employee feedback
- Create an online survey form for employees to share feedback on their onboarding experience
- Note down the responses and incorporate them into your onboarding & team-building activities
- Check pulse rate of new hires everyday using an online HRMS platform like Darwinbox
To know more on how Darwinbox’s onboarding module can help you make your first impression check out our new-age features built just for you!