Onboarding is a key part of the hiring process that, as any other aspect of our lives, has been impacted by the coronavirus outbreak.
Although states are currently lifting their stay-at-home orders, many companies will keep working remotely and virtual onboarding will become commonplace. Follow these guidelines to welcome new hires in a way that’s efficient, friendly and professional.
Streamline the Onboarding Process
According to some pre-pandemic estimates, the average new hire had to complete 54 onboarding activities. That figure can be overwhelming under the current circumstances. Streamline your onboarding process to avoid causing unnecessary stress to the new members of your team. These are some of the measures you can implement:
- Use checklists
- Automate as much as possible
- Establish a virtual buddy system
- Merge similar/compatible activities
Keep Participants Engaged
We know: Being engaging is easier said than done, but lively, friendly communication is more important than ever. Make the onboarding process as interactive as possible and give new hires time to get to know one another. Virtual activities, such as trivia games or digital scavenger hunts are good ways to break the ice and help new hires hit the ground running at your company.
There’s No Such a Thing as Overcommunication
Remote communication poses many challenges. Video calls are extremely useful, but they fail to convey important aspects, like body language. To compensate for this, make sure to overcommunicate. Stress important points more than once and use all the tools at your disposal (email, chat, phone calls and video calls) to check in with new hires.
Emphasize Your Culture
Talking about overcommunication: Make sure to overcommunicate your culture. Emphasize your mission, vision and values during the onboarding process. They are the glue that keeps organizations together, and that’s exactly what companies need right now.
Now you have a clear idea of how to put in place an effective virtual onboarding program. Remember: When you recruit, it’s important to get help from an expert. At Plexus Global we ensure global candidate screening through tailored solutions and the most reliable technology.
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