Onboarding even partially remotely is tough on all parties involved! Below are a few tips that help integrate your new hire into your team that little bit quicker.
If and where possible, having the first 1-3 days in person can offer a fantastic base from which to work from. If you have the luxury of a large space where you can distance safely, we recommend a new hire meeting with a few select people in the first few days.
Whilst we hope that the new hire is in regular meetings with their team, a one to one weekly catch up is very important. The loss of quick social unarranged chats in the office effects a new hires ability to both learn and understand how they are doing, so a weekly one to one will help replace this.
One of the biggest problems remote working brings is it makes the job of forming new relationships even tougher. If you are not working on a project with someone, you may not speak to them directly for months. Spread their workload around in the first few weeks to make sure they work directly alongside as many of their key contacts as possible.
You will be surprised how many hires start a new role without even a laptop. Make sure they are set up properly to work from home.
Set up a meeting purely designed to welcome them to the team and help them understand the key drivers and important structures of the department. If possible, help them network with other recent hires, even if they are not in Accounting!