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​On-boarding new starters in a Covid-19 world

​On-boarding new starters in a Covid-19 world

30 March 2020 by Grant Brummer
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​So how do you re-purpose your on-boarding process to engage, prepare and train your new starters under these unique conditions? How do you create that all important sense of community, when many new employees might not meet a single new work colleague face-to-face for many months?


Things to consider before they start

  • Your expectations for the role and of them

  • What equipment and tech will they need? Laptop, phone, broadband

  • Job essentials: Applications. Login/ passwords, presentation material etc.


For remote workers first day.

  • Welcome e-mail

  • Company Org chart

  • Employee Starter form

  • Payroll information

  • Remote working policy

  • Employee Handbook

Team Introductions:

Meet each other via video link - MicroSoft Teams | Skype | Zoom |google Hangout

  • Management

  • Operations

  • Sales

  • Marketing

  • HR & Finance


The first week

  • Induction (plan who will deliver this)

  • What should they expect in the first week

  • Outline what you expect of them in the first week

Training New Starters:

Schedule training - Define training modules required and schedule

Delegate training modules - Delegate the delivery of training modules to 'champions' on the team

Provide feedback - Receive feedback from champions and give feedback to new starter

Remote relationships:

  • Keeping your company culture alive

  • Assign a work buddy to call in need

  • Daily video calls with the new starter

  • End of week team video drinks

If you follow these steps and you will be ahead of the game, moving with the times and preparing your business for growth in the coming years.

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