It’s your first day at a new job. You show up pressed and ironed, clutching a fresh notebook, and walk into the office – and towards your future. The next eight hours go by in a flurry of friendly faces, setting passwords, and reading handbooks – but before you know it, it’s 4pm on a Friday and you’re invited out for a pint of beer (or lime soda) to get to know the team.
The next few weeks are full of introductory meetings, training sessions, maybe a free lunch out – and slowly but surely, over pizza and powerpoint presentations, you become one of the team.
Now… there’s not a lot of that you can do from your living room, sat in front of a laptop. So how do you approach hiring and onboarding new talent, while the company is working remotely?
Why having a successfulmatters
They’ve got the job – and in this economy, shouldn’t that be enough? Well, no. It’s in your best interests to make sure new hires are onboarded successfully. 69% of staff will stay with you for longer if the initial stages go well – and if you draw out the process, giving room to learn and grow, that goes up to 94%. Since high turnover costs you, that’s worth remembering. Not to mention that organisations that nail onboarding boost growth by 2.5x and profit margins by 1.9x.
Right now, onboarding should be even more of a priority. Whether your organisation is remote-first or reluctantly remote, you need to be better than ever at welcoming new hires.
at Qlearsite: what we learnt
It’s been a difficult time for organisations across all industries. We’re thankful, and excited, to have been able to grow our team during lockdown – but it’s meant learning how to onboard people remotely, while still learning how to work from home as a team.
We spoke to a couple of the talented people who’ve just joined the team, to find out what’s really important to remember when you’re onboarding remotely.
Remote Interviewing &
A good onboarding process starts before they’ve been sent an offer letter. Their opinion of your organisation starts to form during the interview process – are you considerate with your response times, are you asking too much of them during the earlier stages? It all counts.
When it’s all done remotely, over video calls, there’s even more to take into account. And for some, going through the process virtually can actually be a positive.