Working in human resources, you understand the importance of onboarding remote employees efficiently and effectively and the need for tools and checklists that support a successful process – a process to help acclimatize new employees to their roles and the company's core values.
With remote work on the rise, you are no longer restricted by geography, so you can now attract top talent across a broader range. Using the best remote onboarding tools can make your new colleagues feel engaged and part of the team and save the company money from costly onsite onboarding.
There are, of course, challenges in working remotely as a virtual team, as building company culture and relationships are more complicated. Poor onboarding can result in high employee turnover, low productivity, and decreased job satisfaction. So, remote employees should become familiar with their new employers' expectations as soon as possible. After all, they are more likely to stay with the company longer if their onboarding experience is positive.
Your first step is to compose a thorough employee onboarding checklist to identify all your needs. Then, find the tools that best serve that list. That may be something as complex as an entire suite of tools, or it could be something as straightforward as a contact management or payroll system. With SaaS resources becoming more popular, you can use them to create your own customized stack of solutions.
Start by taking into account what you already have. For example, you probably use an applicant tracking system (ATS) for reviewing resumes and organizing data about candidates. Many of them also offer features for progress tracking as a person makes their way through interviews, etc. Make sure that your ATS integrates with your other onboarding tools when possible, and that you avoid using tools that require you to duplicate efforts.