The current global pandemic has drastically changed the way business organizations operate. Overnight, employees and HR professionals had to start working remotely with decreased access to centralized office and resources.
Although existing employees were still able to gain control over remote working, HR professionals are still struggling to ensure efficient new employee onboarding remotely.
As far as the current global situation is concerned, remote working is going to be the ‘new normal’ for the present time. Hence, HR professionals need to rethink their working model of hiring new employees, making them feel valued, thus, increasing retention and productivity.
Here are a few ways that some HR professionals are using around the world in this unprecedented time.
Use of digital tools
Several HR professionals have started using cloud-based and digital processes. This has allowed HR teams to manage to onboard remotely. These systems can be easily accessed by new hires with a simple online connection. Automated onboarding is the best way to tackle the remote onboarding of new employees.
Casual video chats
The biggest challenge the most HR teams are facing is keeping the new and existing employees engaged boosting motivation.
Casual video chats between the team members are a great way to make new hires a part of the team and increase their overall engagement. Some of the teams are creating virtual tea/coffee break sessions that mimic the session at the office.
This gives the team a chance to talk about something else other than work. This will certainly help new hires to increase interaction with the existing team and feel more comfortable.
Implement overall well-being strategies
Current research has shown that more than 24% of employees are concerned about the long-term negative effects of remote working on the overall well-being.
For some employees, remote working is a welcome change. However, some employees think that remote working has taken a toll on their mental health resulting in more stress, frustration, and loneliness.
When it comes to new hires, remote working can affect their mental health negatively too. With difficulty in swift onboarding and reduced team interaction can make them feel undervalued and demotivated.
So, several HR teams are providing free counseling sessions or mental health first aiders to cope with the negative effects.
Remote working is not going anywhere. It is here to stay! So, companies must make a change in their overall working policies and paperwork. This policy change must include the home office working hours and conditions.
The companies must also rethink changing the contents of brochures and information package that is sent to new hires. It must include the benefits of working from home offices giving them a boost.
In conclusion, this sudden change in working conditions has pushed business organizations and HR teams to be innovative. This has made HR teams work on strategies that create a more productive and agile workforce.
This has certainly sparked a discussion in the corporate world about creating an efficient new employee onboarding process. And we at Squadsy have been a part of this discussion to develop innovative technology that helps HR professionals onboard new hires efficiently. Get in touch with us now to get insights on the ongoing discussion!