Remote employee onboarding guide

“Onboarding”, whether in person or remote, is a relatively new word but don’t let that fool you. This process (which has been around as long as people have been in business) has a direct and significant effect on your organization’s relationship with your new employees.

A short history of “onboarding”

Back in the day, new employees got “orientation”. Depending upon the organization, this could be a 15-minute tour of the office, bathroom, and water cooler. It might have been longer, perhaps a day or several, with some kind of training. 

In most of the companies I worked in before becoming a teacher, after the 15-minute tour, orientation was a “learn on the job” experience. Each new hire was assigned a more senior employee whose job was to answer questions and provide guidance. Some of those people were happy to help. Others found us to be an extreme nuisance, so we learned to figure it out for ourselves.

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