How to Scale Your Remote Work Onboarding
by Ashley Villegas
When you are hiring for your remote project, you often look for exceptional talents that will bring value to the team. People who will grow with you and help create a unique work culture. However, what most employers overlook is how they usher in those great talents.
Onboarding is a crucial factor that determines the success of a remote team. Many will casually introduce their new hires to only a few members. This has a significant impact on how your new employees will get along with the entire team. It welcomes them to a world that expresses a lack of coordination and proper communication. Put it simply, remote onboarding is an online employee orientation, and it’s your company’s first impression.
We know how crucial the process is, especially if you’re looking to keep the new staff for the long haul. You want to add the wow-factor to your employees’ onboarding and leave them wondering how lucky they are to join the team. We’ve been there before, and we know why and how it works. Below are some tips to help you scale your remote work onboarding.
Make it Simple and Clear
Remote onboarding is supposed to communicate the right message. You don’t want to make your new hires feel like they are showing up for another interview. Always tell them straight that they are hired, and that they are part of the team. Tell them what your expectations are and set them up for success.
This way, you’ll avoid building tension, and they will know they were selected for a reason. You also want to create a quick questionnaire that covers the important details about the new hires. Weet enables you to easily record an onboarding video that will make your new busy bees feel at home.
Showcase Your Team Culture
This is the time to introduce the team’s values, goals, and vision. You also want to share some essential resources that every other member has access to. Old members can take this opportunity to introduce themselves and welcome the new team. You can talk about the team’s retreats and other fun activities you do besides working on projects and meeting deadlines. This will set the right feel, and your new employees will love being part of every project.
New hires will have their preferred communication tools in mind, but you want to introduce the remote tools you use in the team. You can take your new hires through each of the tools, but if you have a recording or a video tutorial for the same, it will be easy to refer them to check later. Weet is such a platform that is focused on the collaboration part with feedback tools such as responding via emojis and texts.
As a general rule of thumb, you want to have the right blend of the best remote tools for every remote task. This ensures that you’re leveraging the best of features to boost communication and productivity. If you are introducing a new member(s) from a different time zone, be sure to keep this in mind – before and during the onboarding session.
Without a remote onboarding exercise, your team’s entrance will go unnoticed. Instead, you want to roll out the red carpet, where everybody stands in applause and cheers the new members. This brings a sense of community, and the new staff will know you care and value their decision to join your remote team.