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What to Know About Onboarding Remote Employees

When you are training and onboarding new employees, you are making a powerful first impression. Studies show that effective onboarding reduces turnover rates, meaning you will have more loyal and reliable employees. Remote employees are just as important as employees you see in person every day, so you should put in the effort to onboard them properly.

Train Remotely

Because these employees will be working remotely, it isn’t necessary for them to attend training sessions in person. Their training can be done very successfully using video conference calls. On these calls, you can share your screen and walk them through different procedures. 

This is a very straightforward way for them to learn exactly what they need to do. Remote employees will probably appreciate this training method because of how convenient it is. 

Provide Equipment

One disadvantage of having remote employees is that you don’t have complete control over what their workspace is like. In fact, you can never know for certain what their home workspace looks like or what equipment they have. 

If it is within your budget, you should look into providing proper equipment for your remote employees. This equipment will help standardize the quality and security of work produced by your remote employees. If your business has sensitive data, you may want to instruct employees to use a VPN.

Provide Opportunities to Connect With Co-Workers

Many people love working remotely because it provides a lot of flexibility in how you spend your time, what your workspace looks like, where you can work from, and other factors. However, working remotely can also make it more difficult to create genuine connections with co-workers since there is no literal meeting space or office for your company. To help your remote employees avoid burnout and not feel so lonely, you need to provide opportunities for them to connect with co-workers. Because remote workers may live very far away from each other, you may have to host virtual team-building sessions instead of in-person ones. These can still be successful if enough people participate and maintain a positive attitude and environment. 

When you have remote employees, you may find it harder to connect with or remember them. Building real relationships and connections through the onboarding process will help them feel that you and the company value them. How a remote employee feels during onboarding sets the tone for their entire relationship with a company. 

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