Onboarding do’s and don’ts for distributed teams

  • In a distributed environment, onboarding processes need to be adapted and new principles will need to be established.
  • It is more difficult to build rapport with new team members in a remote working environment.
  • As part of your onboarding process, make sure to share your company values and explain how they are operationalised.

Having a new recruit coming into your team always brings a sense of excitement and expectation, but when you’re bringing a new hire into a distributed team environment it can present a whole host of challenges many have not encountered prior to COVID-19. 

For many, we’ve traditionally approached inductions and onboarding face-to-face with a clear process and plenty of time for colleagues to get to know each other over a coffee or lunch. In a distributed environment, onboarding processes need to be adapted and new principles will need to be established.

The main goal of onboarding remains — to prepare your recruit for their new role and make them feel welcome — but the delivery is a whole new experience.

 Here are some of our do’s and don’ts for onboarding for distributed teams.

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