As we enter into 2022, strategic employee onboarding continues to be a key focus for many organizations,  93% of employers agree a good onboarding experience is critical to influence a new hire’s decision to stay with the organization. And if you are thinking to hire remote employees, it is more important to focus on delivering a successful onboarding experience so here are a few tips that might help you!

Start early!

Add your new employees to your platforms and send them information about company culture and projects they'll be working on. Consider sending a welcome package: Onboarding PPT, the list of the people they might need and their contact, hosting a virtual lunch during their first day, directing them to your social media channels to get to know you better. 

Research by Brandon Hall Group found that organizations with a strong onboarding process improve new hire retention by 82% and productivity by over 70% so do your best to make them feel comfortable and welcome to your company. 

Get them online, ASAP

As a remote worker, your connection to the team is through the web. Give them all the IT orientation: passwords, access to the company platforms, account settings like online signatures and company profile pictures, etc. 

Without access to the digital workplace, new hires will feel like they are cut off from asking questions and getting familiar with the flow of the team.

Help them build connections

Think about all of the small personal touches employees would usually experience in the office: the spontaneous conversations at the coffee station or the small talks between desks. As remote workers, that is not possible so setup virtual meet-and-greets between colleagues and without the manager. 

Announce them to the organization on your team calls to give them some face time also, consider giving them an “onboarding buddy” a person who will be with them to answer all the questions they may have about their area and will give them advice to live an amazing experience in your company. 

Always remember, to truly set up new hires for success at your company, it’s crucial to deliver an amazing onboarding experience that embodies your company’s culture and prepares your remote workers for the road ahead. 

And don’t worry, if after this you still have doubts, you can always consider hiring a company, like Ontop, that will help you make this process easy and effective!