New Virtual Team Members | Three Tips for On-Boarding


Being the new kid on the block can be intimidating. The first day at the office is strange enough for the “average Joe”, imagine how awkward your first day as a remote employee might be. Working from home away from fellow team members can make a person feel isolated and cut off from the everyday happenings of cubicle culture. Leaders should give a little extra effort to bring these new employees into the fold.

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Shout it out! Let them know what it's all about.

One of the most important aspects of on-boarding is making the new employee feel comfortable and part of the family. Make sure they understand the vision of your company, and where their efforts will contribute to that vision so they can see how they’

Trust is a must.

Leaders need to get to know their employees. There must be a strong manager-employee bond and mutual understanding between the two. When bringing in a new team member, have frequent virtual face to face meetings with them. Again instill the company’s vision upon them and be clear about what is expected from that individual. Ask about their lives, and plans for their future, so you both get an idea of what they could potentially do for the company in the times to come.

Try training the new employee in steps, especially if their position is complicated. Teaching one aspect of their job at a time and giving feedback keeps you in contact with the team member. Seeing the employee learn each procedure of the job increases the confidence you’ll have for him or her. Building trust will put both of your minds at ease during the on-boarding process so you can be confident in your new team member’s abilities.

Tweek the recipe.

The process of on-boarding requires attention, constant communication, and trust. Be sure to make new team members feel welcome and part of the team. Train them well, step by step, and provide feedback. Give them a chance to ask questions and express concerns, so you can adjust the system to make them more productive.

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by Rob Carpen

Rob Carpen

Rob is a content writer and editor, specializing in a variety of fields. He helps B2B and B2C clients with blogs, social media, press releases and web content that create more value for their marketing campaigns. He earned his Bachelor's Degree in Biology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He played Club Rugby at IUP for four years. He loves Rugby and recently attended the Rugby World Cup in Newcastle, England – New Zealand All Blacks v. Tonga Match. Rob is passionate about craft beer. He is transitioning his eight years of home brewing to earn his professional brewer certificate.

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