Onboarding is the process through which a new employee is introduced to their new workplace and colleagues. With recent events, the recruitment and onboarding of many new employees has had to become a virtual experience.
Recently You HR Consultancy hired a new employee and Emma became our first fully virtual recruit.
In this video, Emma talks about her experience and some of the steps we took to try to help her feel part of the team without having actually met the majority of them in person.
At You HR we specialise in helping clients to recruit successfully and can assist you through any or all of the process.
We can create bespoke induction programmes for you which can save time and money by ensuring your new employees all receive the same training as they join your organisation. This can include standard or bespoke statutory and mandatory training and role specific training.
As Emma describes in her video receiving a full induction programme can help to quickly settle a new employee and sets your new employee on their way feeling confident and fully aware of the requirements expected of them.
Making a connection with someone whilst working virtually is difficult. The first six months are crucial in helping retain employees. Here are our tips to help make this a success:
Taking steps to maintain communication and engagement will not only drive commitment and excitement for your new employee but also gives opportunity to get a lot of the housework of induction out the way before Day 1. Consider ideas such as:
Think about what you would want to experience when starting a new in your business, put yourself in the shoes of your new starter to ensure the experience doesn't overwhelm... Spread the onboarding process from the point of making an offer to the first day and:
Make Day 1 the best long-lasting experience for your new starter. Naturally, they may feel anxious, so give assurance, check-in on their wellbeing. Be clear on what they can expect from you as their employer, help put their mind at ease. If venturing into the workplace or working remotely:
With this section and those above in place, it will allow the first day to be personalised and meaningful. You will know more about your new starter, what their needs are and they will know yours. So from day 1, they will commence on a journey of being able to perform at their optimal best and rapidly grow into their role.