The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in significant shifts in the everyday lives of people around the world. One of these shifts has been the way we report to work. The pandemic forced people to work from home through most of 2020 and a significant part of 2021. While the jury might still be out on whether remote working is for everyone, what is certain is that hybrid working – flexibility between onsite and remote working – is here to stay.
Global brands, such as Facebook and Linkedin, have dedicated top-level management for remote working. This growing trend among global brands underlines the importance of remote work and virtual employees. If you are a company that’s looking to stay competitive going forward, you need to pay attention to your work-from-home framework. One of the key steps in that direction is drafting a remote employee onboarding checklist. Why, you ask? Let’s take a look.
Workplaces with a strong onboarding program can improve employee retention rates significantly. A lower attrition rate directly translates to cost savings for companies. Moreover, a great onboarding experience establishes trust with your new hires, which can be crucial in the case of remote workers.
Drafting a great onboarding experience is likely to be an iterative process. However, keeping a broad remote employee onboarding checklist helps. To help you get started, we have compiled a remote employee onboarding checklist, broken down according to target areas.
Prepare new virtual hires for their first day by getting the essentials out of the way. You can send these documents a week or two before they are set to join. These include:
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The first few days for fresh hires (remote or onsite) can be confusing and stressful. Make the initial joining period as comfortable and engaging as possible. Here are a few ideas you might want to include in your remote employee :
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Clearly defined goals can be super helpful for a smooth transition. They are even more important in the case of remote employees, especially if they are working in different time zones. Managers should set up small goals and define measurable KPIs for tracking performance. For example, in the case of a virtual marketing hire, engagement on your social media channels can be a relevant and measurable KPI. It also helps to have a clearly defined appraisal policy at hand that you can share with new hires.
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