You’ve gone through a lengthy recruitment process, identified the right candidate and made an offer that has been accepted. It’s now the employee’s first day, and it’s time to start the onboarding process, with one small difference from your routine – there will be no handshake introductions, office tours or stopping by their desk to check-in.


Bringing a new employee onboard is both an exciting and stressful time. Incorporate remote into it, compounded by a sense of disorientation, as people start with a new employer without ever having met any of their new colleagues, and you have got one of the most challenging phases of a hiring process.


Onboarding employees aim is to familiarise new employees with the company’s work culture and professional expectations. This ensures that the new hire progresses comfortably and adjust effectively in their new role.


Having a great onboarding process to make new hires feel welcome is essential. Research has shown that about 69% of employees are more likely to stay with a company longer if they had a great onboarding experience. Great employee onboarding can reduce turnover, increase engagement, create a better culture, and a more loyal workforce, among other benefits. What can you do to assist?


Here’s remote onboarding tips that will help get the most out of your onboarding process and have engaged virtual employees.


Send a warm welcome message. A warm welcome can strengthen a new employee’s decision about accepting your offer and set the tone for employee engagement. Let them know how excited you are for them to join the company and encourage other employees to reach out.


Match the new employee with a remote buddy. This is a great way to help new employees adapt to your business.


Create a memorable first day. For remote onboarding, consider starting the day with a virtual coffee meeting. Encourage your new employees to have a virtual coffee meeting.


Share your remote work policy. Review your remote work policy during your onboarding process, so your expectations are clear. You should also review any procedures related to your policy.


Use a checklist. A new hire checklist can help ensure you don’t miss any critical steps in your onboarding process.


Having these tasks on your onboarding checklist will benefit you in the long-term. A smooth onboarding process speaks volumes about your company culture and helps a great deal in your employer brand.


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