The new normal: Onboarding from your sofa

Starting a new job can be exciting and daunting in equal measure. But what about starting a new role in lockdown? How has this rite of passage changed?

Making the round of introductions – learning how to use the coffee machine – getting the hang of the filing systems. The banal realities of beginning your new role. But what happens when you must complete this process virtually? Granted, it makes learning the coffee machine easier as you’re probably quite familiar with the one in your kitchen already. But what is it like to learn a new way of working, and get acquainted with new colleagues without ever seeing them face to face?

This might be old hat to the freelancers, contractors, and digital nomads of this world. But for the vast majority of workers who aren’t au fait with flighty millennial working styles, remote working is an entirely new experience. It’s long been claimed that much of the workforce was due to transition to flexible working schedules, but the ongoing Coronavirus crisis has dramatically accelerated this.

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