Onboarding New Employees in the COVID-19

You only get one chance to make a first impression on a new employee. Despite the fact that initial interactions are often now remote instead of in person, welcoming a new employee to your company is vitally important. Consider how you can make new workers feel like part of the team.

“Someone left another company to come work for you,” said Adam R. Calli, SHRM-SCP, principal consultant at Arc Human Capital Consulting LLC in Woodbridge, Va. “Don’t make them regret their decision.”

In the remote age, onboarding employees is still a critical business function. Establishing culture and expectations, coordinating delivery of technology and other tools, and delivering and completing paperwork can’t be skipped.

“Onboarding has been especially difficult for companies that are antiquated in their processes,” said Maria Clyde, SHRM-SCP, director of human resources for BHI, an insurance agency headquartered in Delaware.

Remote onboarding is uncharted territory for many managers. Here’s how several are finding ways to reinvent the process.