Upwork’s “Future of Workforce Pulse Report” found that 1 in 4 Americans will work remotely in 2021.
With this, companies preparing for the future of the workplace will need to adjust their onboarding process to accommodate the growing population of remote workers.
A Gallup poll revealed that only 12% of employees strongly agree that their employer does a good job of onboarding new workers, so to say there is room for improvement is an understatement.
Onboarding can play a huge role in employee retainment. Clearly communicating expectations, clarifying policies and introducing new workers to team members ensures they easily integrate into the company’s culture.
This process is particularly important for new remote employees, because feeling connected to the workplace takes extra effort when not physically being in the office.
Leaders can make this a seamless transition by preparing for their setup as early as possible. This will require the organization to understand what new remote employees may need for the ideal work environment and provide them the necessary equipment.
Additionally, companies need to adapt their materials for virtual training and introductions. Converting any manuals, handbooks or policies into digital files will make it simple for new employees to understand the ins and outs of the business.