A great onboarding experience is like a perfect first date. It paves the way for a successful, lasting partnership. After all, 69% of employees who experience a smooth transition into their new role are more likely to stay with the company for at least three years. And yet, a majority of organizations don’t do a good job in their onboarding process.
Onboarding, especially in a remote climate, is critical to setting up your new employees for success and productivity. Implementing remote onboarding strategies that focus on the social and collaborative aspects enables you to closely replicate the in-office experience.
We lined up the best virtual onboarding strategies for you:
Just like getting ready for a first date, preboarding is your time to prep. Employees joining virtually are already anxious, wondering what their first day and week will entail, and will appreciate a clear preview. Jonah Goldstein, Head of Learning at 360Learning, explains: “The anxiety someone can feel when starting a new job is always exacerbated by not knowing the key details.” 80% of professionals feel nervous before joining a new workplace, and preboarding is the best way to help them get over the initial jitters.
Here's how to paint them a picture of their first few days:
Nothing can overwhelm a new employee more than too much information tossed at them at once. As Dick Grote, performance management consultant and author of How to Be Good at Performance Appraisals, explains: “[the idea of a new employee] ‘hitting the ground running’ is a farce. You know what happens if you do that? You fall on your face.” Instead, pace out their onboarding:
Creating a social ecosystem for new hires to immerse themselves in can help combat the biggest fallout of remote work: loneliness. More people around the world have been feeling socially isolated even before the pandemic, and this has a direct impact on productivity and engagement. But there are ways to help foster real-world connections:
More than ever, employees are paying increased attention to company culture—that means you should, too. 65% of professionals in the U.S. would rather take a pay cut than deal with a negative workplace. A strong company culture leads to better employee engagement and higher productivity. Here are some tips on how to make yours shine:
New hires are eager to prove themselves. But the time it takes to get them fully on board is a reflection of the position, not their capabilities. While learning everything at once can be tedious and unproductive, give them a chance to show their worth. Here's how:
Collaboration is the future of work. It has many benefits: It increases knowledge retention, leads to higher engagement, and enables the diversification of expertise. In fact, 60% of managers who are unable to onboard successfully point to a lack of effective working relationships.
Introducing collaboration early on is key to setting a precedent for future tasks that require teamwork. It replicates real-life interactions by making employees subject-matter experts and allows them to share their expertise.
Tools like 360Learning make remote onboarding super easy by making use of these untapped resources:
New employees have a ton of questions. But they may be hesitant, especially in a remote setting where it isn't possible to pop your head into your co-worker's cubicle with a quick query. Besides, regular employees may get pulled out of their rhythm to answer questions that are easy to find autonomously. Consider these tools for an easy solution:
The earlier you can start supporting new employees in their career trajectory, the better. 60% of companies report not setting short-term goals for new employees and miss out on an impactful window of opportunity. The long-term goals can then build on the short-term achievements. Help them create a professional growth plan by:
You may think you have perfected your onboarding process, but there is always room for improvement. Modern technology makes it easy for you to create an effective feedback loop that motivates the team to work together and creates an agile learning culture. Get the lowdown from people who matter the most: your new employees.
Want to put these techniques into practice? Our onboarding ebook takes an even deeper dive.