If you’re recruiting staff, you might think that the coronavirus pandemic has totally ruined your onboarding procedure, now that everyone’s working from home. Yes, you’ve got to adapt, but you can still onboard new staff effectively without ever meeting your new recruit in person.
Onboarding should be a key part of every company’s recruitment and retention strategy. This is because great onboarding will:
Remote onboarding is about giving your new recruit a great experience. It’s about making them feel informed, connected, valued and, heck, even cared for. It’s about giving the tools, the knowledge and the support to enable them to do their job safely and well.
Doing all this remotely is certainly more challenging than a standard in-office onboarding process, but it’s doable. And it’s a team effort. Remote onboarding means that your onboarding team - HR, IT, line manager and colleagues - have to work even better together. Onboarding without a pandemic raging around your head is complex enough, but when you have a fleet of remote workers and recruits, what’s especially important is:
The trick is to consider remote onboarding not as a one-day experience but as a three-part process:
Onboarding remotely can be a challenge, but if you have the right tech, a great team and an awesome strategy, you’ll create the best experience for your recruits. And that’s the whole point.
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