As long as we have a workforce, we will have workers who need to be onboarded.
Onboarding involves much more than merely signing some papers and getting a tour. It is the process of training your new hires with everything they need to know to do their jobs well. On average, onboarding is comprised of 54 separate tasks. Some estimate that it can take up to take up to a year for an employee to reach their peak performance potential.
Now imagine having to do it remotely.
Although the tendency to work remotely is likely to remain a part of our modern work culture, only 17% of organizations have put effort into creating programs for onboarding new hires in a remote workplace.
Given that onboarding is the perfect opportunity for an organization to make a first impression, it is one of the most important drivers of employee success and retention.
For instance, compared to new hires with poor onboarding, those who have good onboarding experiences are 50% more productive, 54% more engaged at work, and are 69% more likely to stay with the company for at least 3 years.
Also, companies with good onboarding achieve 2.5 times more revenue growth and nearly twice the profit margins compared to companies with poor onboarding strategies.
As tricky as successful onboarding can be, attempting it in today’s remote work environment presents five main challenges to workers:
Here are some practical suggestions for overcoming each of the 5 challenges of remote onboarding. Some suggestions can be started before the new hire’s first day.
Although onboarding a new hire remotely involves some extra challenges, we are here to help and invite you to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Let’s work together and create solutions that work best for you and your organization.