“You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” – Will Rogers
If you’re a new virtual employee starting a new job, you should absolutely be concerned about making a great first impression.
Guess what? That’s also true for the employer.
You want your new hire to respect and admire your team, your business culture and all the products and services that make up your business.
A well planned and comprehensive onboarding process is the key to start building a positive relationship with your new hire.
The onboarding process is an important factor in how long new employees ultimately stay with your business.
According to an Indeed survey –
In jobs where people left within the first six months, almost 4 out of 10 said a more effective onboarding process could have helped them stay longer.
That’s why getting your onboarding process right is so important.
Being willing “to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes” is really a quote about empathy.
But it’s also a great way to visualize what your new virtual employee will need to get from your onboarding process.
At Hiresmart Virtual Employees, we recommend you put yourself in the position of your new hire when planning your remote onboarding process.
Now think about all the things that would make you feel comfortable and successful working with yourself, your team and your business.
You’d probably be a little nervous your first day and first week. So, it’s important to make new hires feel comfortable and welcome.
- Make sure they understand the information you’re sending them
- Know that they will say they understand even when they don’t – everyone wants to seem sharp when they start a new job
- Carefully go over all the specific details of their job requirements, expectations and employee handbook material
- Give them a sense of your company culture
- Introduce them to essential staff and managers
- If you have another virtual employee who can give you feedback about what worked and didn’t for their onboarding experience, by all means, use that information.
- If this is the first time you’re hiring a virtual employee, tell them that and give them permission to tell you if they’re confused or need more resources.
One of the significant changes due to the pandemic is we’re all much more comfortable meeting new people virtually and working remotely.
Online classes are basically taking over higher education, and zoom meetings are now totally normal.
That might be why you’re considering hiring a virtual employee. You may have already seen how easy it is to work with remote staff.
At Hiresmart Virtual Employees, we were in the remote work game long before the pandemic. And we’ve helped hundreds of clients successfully onboard virtual employees.
We’ll be happy to help you, too, whether you’re looking to hire your first virtual employee or you’re coming back for more. Schedule here for a free consultation