In the light of the pandemic, onboarding trends are evolving as businesses become more acutely aware of its value in supporting new employees and operational effectiveness. With new recruits increasingly unable to go to an office for onboarding and inductions and the virtual world slowly becoming the new normal, the need to adapt has never been so critical.
So, how do you pivot to the new normal? There are five key trends that experts have identified to help make strides with virtual onboarding:
Increasingly companies are pivoting and being agile to respond to the realities of it being a key time to engage with employees meaningfully and that it leads to a better employee experience, a more engaged team and better results for the company.
The benefits of creating a multi-dimensional programme are rewarding for employees and company alike. When a new employee is educated, not only on their new role, but on values, strategy and how the organisation operates, they gain a more rounded understanding of the business - and that pays off as they settle in.
LinkedIn has been particularly interesting in this instance. When their hiring managers virtully “pick up” their new LinkedIn employees in the afternoon, that does not end the first day of onboarding. The end will come when new hires receive a survey on how the day went.
“Virtual onboarding is new to us,” a follow-up email says, “and we want to continue to enhance it for your fellow colleagues who are set to start in the coming weeks.” It directs new hires to a Slido survey that takes less than five minutes to complete. The survey asks them to rate various parts of the onboarding program and provides a chance for open-ended comments.
Such feedback is essential to business prosperity. It equates to better engagement, retention, and talent branding. And, as LinkedIn notes in this blog, there’s almost nothing that will turn new hires into enthusiastic company ambassadors as much as seeing your team putting in an extra effort to make them feel welcomed and valued.
So, ask yourself - have you got the tools and strategies in place to make virtual onboarding the best it can be? From the paperwork to the welcome gifts, uniform, swag and even sorting the payroll - the more you prep before day one, the faster can get to doing what they do best and delivering you business efficiencies. The future is now - ensure you are agile enough to keep up with it!