Covid-19 certainly changed the way the world operates, and while travel and the way we socialise has been affected, we also have noticed changes in recruitment. There are much more digital and remote interviews and working taking place. So if you have a new recruit, make sure you are onboarding with excellence post-Covid.
Have an onboarding pack for your new hire
Having an onboarding pack can make the new hire feel at ease, especially if there is some remote working involved. It gives them a chance to have everything they need in one place and enables you to cover all bases in one document.
Make HR paperwork and due diligence digital
There is always a lot of paperwork to sign and fill out with a new hire, so make things quick and simple by digitising the HR paperwork. This makes things faster and helps the new recruit to be on systems faster.
Sort out equipment needs
There is still a lot of remote work taking place. Not only do employers find it can be cost saving, but it makes for more flexible working for your employees. Make sure any new hire is set up and has all the equipment they need, at work and also remotely.
Arrange virtual meetups
If remote working is on the cards, then virtual meetups can make things easier. It puts a face to the name and gives your new hire a chance to get to know the people they are working with, even if they aren’t with them face to face yet.
Buddy up the new hire with another member of the team
Another great tip is to ensure that you buddy up the new hire with another member of the team. This will help them to settle in and have a contact they can ask questions to.
Have virtual training in place
One of the big issues with a new starter is the training, so having virtual training in place can help. They can even do this before their start date, if appropriate. They could also action any virtual at a time that suits them.
Make sure there is leadership involvement
It is important that during any onboarding process there is leadership involvement. This is usually a line manager with whom the new hire will report into.
Encourage new hires to make connections
It is hard for any new hire to start at a company, especially if there is potentially a lot of remote work due to Covid. Encourage any new hires to make some connections whether over Zoom or Teams. You might also want to arrange meet-ups face to face to ensure that they get to know their team.
Help the new hire accomplish any onboarding tasks
There will always be onboarding tasks that need to take place, so you may want to do what you can to help the new hire accomplish any of those onboarding tasks.
Communicate company culture
Finally, make sure you communicate company culture. Either through regular meetings or an employer handbook where the expectations of the company can be communicated.