Does your organization provide any proper onboarding program for a remote employee? How does your organization take care of the training need of a remote employee? Don’t be surprised if you encounter such questions from your prospective employees, as remote workforce has already emerged as the ‘new normal’ for organizations. Recently, a survey of business leaders participated in the Global Leadership Summit in London revealed that the full-time employees of over half of participants’ organizations would be working remotely that, too, by 2020.
According to multiple studies, home-based or remote employee are more productive and tend to stay at their companies longer. After all, the perks they are enjoying—flexible working hours, perfect work-life balance, and unlimited workspace options—are lucrative. Aren’t they?
However, the remote working option has some dangerous undercurrents, too. Unplanned brainstorming, team building and building personal rapport with coworkers—some of the key factors for employee engagement—are ‘unnaturally’ missing from the remote- office environment.
Time has come for leadership and human resources teams to give a careful consideration to all these issues. Otherwise, bringing a newly hired remote employees up to speed would pose a serious challenge.
Our team has come up with three ‘great’ onboarding strategies that bridge the void between an organization and its remote workers, thereby making them perform at their best.
Remote employees will constitute a lion’s share of tomorrow’s workforce. The difference between the leaders and the laggards will hinge on how well an organization accommodates its remote employees. Be a leader, not a laggard! Give your onboarding the much-needed makeover to make your remote workforce feel an active part of your organization.