Our Favorite Remote Onboarding Tricks

Remote onboarding tips and tricks from Work Friendly
Remote Onboarding 101: Integrate a new employee into your company culture

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During onboarding, remote employees need to feel welcomed, included, and thoroughly engaged – but that’s easier said than done. At Work Friendly, we’ve found a balance of tactical logistics and emotional efforts can help successfully integrate a new employee into your company culture. Here’s our favorite tips and tricks:

Supporting Set-Up

  • Ensure employees receive equipment or other job essentials in advance of their first day
  • Invest in technology to ensure document collection and benefits enrollment is streamlined
  • Provide them with video introductions to the team, including best contacts for certain SMEs or technical questions
  • Provide them with remote work best practices, covering topics like time management, communication tools and maintaining healthy work-life-integration
  • Host virtual on-the-job training sessions or lunch and learns, so employees can quickly get integrated into their roles
  • Have well documented SOPs so the employee has resources to turn to for self-paced learning
  • Clearly outline the first 90 day expectations and create personal development plans so employees know you’re already invested in their growth

Creating Connection

  • Send a personalized welcome kit, with written notes from team members, company swag, or their favorite snacks
  • Pair them with a buddy, who can be their go-to for answering questions and providing insights into company dynamics
  • Organize virtual storytelling sessions, where employees can share both their personal stories and their journey with the company so far
  • Use Slack (or other IM platform) integrations that create fun icebreakers, trivia questions or other games that help employees get to know each other
  • Establish a feedback loop to ensure you are getting real time thoughts on how your employee is feeling throughout their first couple of months

This is just the shortlist to developing and implementing a successful onboarding program that caters to the needs of remote employees. Not sure where to start? Work Friendly has helped countless companies ideate and implement remote onboarding programs, let’s chat!

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