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How to onboard remote employees

I’ve remotely onboarded dozens of team members over the last five years. These are all of my best practices!

Caro Griffin
2 min read
How to onboard remote employees

As companies are forced online, hiring teams are facing a new challenge: onboarding remote employees.

Your onboarding process is a first impression of sorts. Your new hire has gotten to know you and your company, but they still need to learn how to work there - how your team communicates, what you value, and what their new day-to-day is going to look like. Starting a new job is hard enough without wondering exactly how the whole temporarily-remote thing is going to work.

The good news is that I’ve remotely onboarded dozens of team members in the last five years, and have learned a lot in the process. All of which I want to share with you so that you don’t have to make the same mistakes I did!

Watch the talk

I first put this talk together for companies posting on the Tech Ladies Job Board and wanted to share it here as a resource for anyone who is trying to create or improve a remote onboarding process.

The presentation starts at the 12:30 mark.

In this talk, you’ll learn how to stop stumbling through awkward Zoom calls and create a repeatable, remote-first onboarding process for your new hires.

We’ll discuss how to:

  • Create a process that’s reassuring and supportive of new hires during this crazy time.
  • Take your current onboarding process online, and optimize it for remote working.
  • Start small with a MVP, gather feedback, and iterate on your process over time.
  • Make your onboarding process reflect your company values and culture.

Download the slides

Slides more your speed? You can download mine here: Going Remote.

You’ll notice that these slides don’t match the above presentation. It’s because I’ve since iterated on them - just like I do my onboarding process. ;)

Still need help?

I’d love to help you build a stellar onboarding process—one that allows your new hire to begin adding value immediately, and reduces the stress on you and your team.

You can hire me to give a customized version of this talk to your team and/or support you in building your onboarding process. Learn more about working with me as a speaker or consultant, or just book a free consultation to talk about how we could work together.

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Caro Griffin

Caro Griffin is a senior operations leader who writes about remote work, no code, and building calm startups. She's a recovering web developer and digital nomad who calls Mexico City home. 🇲🇽