When it’s not possible to bring a new employee into a physical office to welcome them to your team, what do you do? What are the best ways to onboard, connect, and make them feel a part of the team? Here are a few suggestions to build a remote connection and set them up for success:
- Whatever platform you use, GoToMeeting, Zoom, Microsoft Teams, etc., use virtual meetings to connect a new employee with their manager and teammates. Adding a face-to-face interaction is a meaningful tool to help create culture and bridge communication gaps.
- Connect the new employee with a mentor or “buddy” to help them get up to speed quickly. Give them a virtual friendly face who has gone through the traditional onboarding and can give them a successful start and limit any feelings of isolation they may have.
- Then connect the new employee with members of other departments to explain their roles and describe how they will interact in the future.
- If the new employee will be working from home, give them all the parameters of what you expect — any much-appreciated flexibility you can add to their day with children at home, or other variables they may be experiencing will help ease their anxiety.
- Document the onboarding process for the new hire and the manager. Everyone will be better equipped, informed, and accountable having documentation that outlines all roles, responsibilities, and processes for working in a remote environment.
- It can be overwhelming to come into a new organization virtually – be sure the new hire is kept engaged by establishing a regular schedule for interaction, connecting and motivating them through virtual meetings, daily huddles, and check-ins with their manager and peers, so no one feels alone or isolated. Set them up for success to be a valued asset to the team!