Remote new hires: 3 tips to boost their engagement and performance
As Australian businesses look for top talent to support their performance in a global market, offering remote and flexible employment options is becoming a key tool for recruitment and retention efforts. In fact, more than half of the respondents in a recent survey said they currently spend their working time in locations other than their primary place of work – with one in five working in three or more locations (1).
According to ADP Research Institute’s Evolution of Work (2) study, 95% of employees believe they will be able to work from anywhere in the world. Creating a successful remote employee onboarding is therefore a paramount focus for business and HR leaders building international or remote teams. Here are three simple tips to boost the engagement and performance of your offsite new hires:
Create an agenda for HR, the hiring manager, and the new employee, listing tasks that must be completed before the remote worker starts and during the first few weeks on the job. For example, a remote employee may need to have work-related equipment, a fleet vehicle, systems credentials or other assets shipped out in advance. The goal is to be able to create an onboarding and work experience that enables the new to performa at his/her best. For example, according to LinkedIn (3), Ernst & Young (4) utilises an onboarding career portal that provides a virtual tour, a walk-through of the onboarding process and an FAQ section to help new hires get acclimated before they even start.
Remote workers often conduct tasks independently and interact sparingly with their peers, so they could easily become less engaged. Introducing remote employees to their in-house team members is an awkward proposition however tools such as video conferencing and social networking platforms like Yammer (5), allow them to build stronger links with colleagues – and understand their place in achieving business goals.
While it’s easy for employees based in offices to access support and training, remote employees need more guidance. According to The Hiring Site at CareerBuilder (6), “92% of employees are more loyal to employers who have invested in their skills by training them.”
To meet the needs of an ever-increasing remote workforce, your business must create a strong onboarding practice designed specifically for their needs, helping you engage and retain the best talent no matter where they’re physically located.
Written by: Tess C. Taylor