Establish a meet and greet roadmap to help connect new employees with others to build their internal networks while working remotely to help them learn more about the company and gain a deeper understanding of their colleagues’ roles and responsibilities.

Fremont, CA: The pandemic has suddenly forced millions of people to work remotely. Organizations that have already introduced remote work and collaboration tools have continued to support many business operations. But many face the challenging task of trying to fit processes like hiring and onboarding new talents into this new environment.

Here are four tips on how to onboard new employees in a remote work environment:

Establish Personal Connections

Establishing a connection is an essential part of the onboarding process and should not be ignored just because everyone is dispersed in a remote environment.

Using virtual meeting tools can make welcome introductions seamless as they would be in person, helping newly hired to connect and interact with their managers and teammates.

The HR department can also assign new hires a virtual “welcome buddy,” which can be an existing employee of similar rank or a friendly face who has undergone the traditional onboarding process and can assist on how to have a great start at the company.

Design a Roadmap for Success

Establish a meet and greet roadmap to help connect new employees with others to build their internal networks while remote. This will help them learn more about the company and understand their colleagues’ roles and responsibilities.

Also, assign new employees a virtual mentor who can provide them a tailored learning path to accelerate onboarding time and offer more learning and growth.

Roll out information and training to new hires at a slower pace as it can be overwhelming to be onboarded in a remote environment. Additionally, let them know that you are aware of the variables such as children and roommates as it shows empathy and sets a positive tone that can build loyalty for the company.

It is also important to record the process changes and create remote onboarding guides to keep managers updated. Having access to documentation that highlights roles, responsibilities, and changes to onboarding in a remote environment can keep everyone informed and responsible.

Build an Engaging Virtual Culture

Establishing ongoing touchpoints and check-ins is important to support culture and keep remote employees engages, motivated, and connected for new hires. It can be an office-wide virtual meeting for smaller companies and regular video updates from the CEO, virtual team celebrations, or managers’ needs to have regular check-ins with their teams for bigger organizations.

Create a Clear Onboarding Path

A successful onboarding assures a clear way for employees as they join a new company. The shift to remote work should not refrain new employees from the traditional experience, and organizations need to be prepared for onboarding more employees in a remote setting. By introducing new practices to facilitate remote working models, employers will be more attractive to potential employees while supporting business continuity.