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On Boarding Remotely

by edmetmarketing-co-uk, added 3 months ago

As we adapt to what is becoming the new normal, there are new systems and processes companies are bringing in to adapt. In the permanent world of marketing, on boarding has normally been face-2-face but now this is not possible we are getting asked – should we start people before or after lock down?

With uncertainty still around, starting new colleagues remotely is an option and should be considered. But getting the first week right is going to be key.

Information

  • Digitise the normal company information
  • Provide the employee handbook
  • Support with contracts signing and other information like bank details and digitise where possible
  • Provide org charts and information on colleagues job roles
  • Vision, mission, values and where the company is heading

Technology

  • Video calls where possible
  • Team meetings – using likes of Zoom, Microsoft Teams
  • Use messaging tools such as Slack for questions, group chats and interactions
  • Try not to purely work on email

Structure

  • More structure for an individual in first week
  • Regular updates
  • Set tight SMART objectives
  • Feedback and communicate
  • Week 1 round up on the Friday
  • Get balance right and avoid micromanaging

Team

  • Introduce the team as soon as possible
  • Book individual video calls
  • Team video meetings
  • Do something fun/social in the week

I spoke with an individual we placed with a well-known manufacturer. I asked what worked for her. Being given lots of information about the business, meeting the team and involved quickly with the team activities came out on top.

Some good articles worth a read:

Onboarding checklist

remote managing

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