Training

Onboarding New Employees in the Remote Workplace

Denali Sagner
January 7, 2021
4 minutes

Key takeaways:

  1. Effective employee onboarding is critical in creative a productive and communicative team.
  2. With COVID-19, many employees are working from home, making the onboarding process difficult.
  3. Multimedia podcasting can help your company avoid confusion and disconnection while remotely onboarding new team members.
  4. Podcasting allows you to create pre-recorded audio, video, and written content, available to your employees instantly, on their own time
  5. Interactive modules, available through AIMeCAST’s podcasting software,  let you track training completion while giving employees a space to offer constructive feedback and ask clarifying questions.

A first impression is a lasting impression. 

This age-old saying doesn’t just apply to meeting a new acquaintance or going on a first date. In fact, it’s critical for your company when bringing new employees onto your team. Employee onboarding is the first real experience your team members will have at your company. Traditionally, onboarding involves a tour of the office, introductions at every cubicle, and a ton of presentations and paperwork. However, with the COVID-19 pandemic keeping many office workers home, chances are this process will now be done from remotely. Here’s how to transition to effective and interesting remote onboarding for your newest team members. 

Effective onboarding is not just important for making new employees feel welcome, but is paramount in starting your team off on the right foot. A good onboarding process can help with productivity, communication, and skill building. In fact, 69% of employees are more likely to stay with a company for three years if they had a great onboarding experience. Manager satisfaction with employees even increases by 20% when their employees go through a formal onboarding process. In terms of setting time aside to show your employees the ropes, the benefits are crystal clear. 

"69% of employees are more likely to stay with a company for three years if they had a great onboarding experience."

Despite the evidence pointing towards the importance of effective onboarding, 32% of global executives say they experienced poor onboarding upon starting a new job. Each year, many workers are left in the dark as onboarding processes are riddled with a lack of clarity and direction. Major challenges in employee onboarding include covering competing priorities, inconsistent application, manager and employee buy-in, and insufficient allotted resources. In the remote workplace, employees are even more disconnected, making your process more susceptible to these difficulties. How can you ensure your employees receive the onboarding they need while working from home? For AIMeCAST, the solution lies in podcasting.

One of the major elements of onboarding new employees is ensuring that they complete required training. Training programs on topics such as sexual harassment, I.T. security, and racial bias are some of the many key steps your employees must take towards becoming integrated members of your workforce. Podcasting allows your human resources department to create pre-recorded audio, video, and written content, available to your employees instantly, on their own time. Rather than require employees to sit through long videos or read through tedious packets, podcasting will allow them to truly dive into training content at their own pace. Additionally, interactive modules, available through AIMeCAST’s podcasting software, will let you track completion for your employees and will give them a space to offer constructive feedback, connect with one another, and ask clarifying questions.

"Podcasting allows your human resources department to create pre-recorded audio, video, and written content, available to your employees instantly, on their own time."

Once your new employee completes standard training, it’s important for them to get acquainted with your organization’s people and culture. Your company’s leadership team is incredibly busy on the day-to-day. However, just taking a minute to make connections between employees of all ranks is vital in maintaining an integrated workplace. With podcasting, company executives can record greetings for employees being onboarded, allowing them to introduce themselves and welcome new team members. Even while scattered across the country, creating these connections can make the remote office feel small. Employees can also listen to podcasts outlining company sales strategy, brand guidelines, and business goals, helping them to get on board with whatever comes next. 

With corporate podcasting, the possibilities for introducing new employees to your team and training them for success are endless. AIMeCAST’s targeted, multimedia software meets your company’s individual needs, helping you grow your team, and your brand, even while the in-person work world is on pause. 






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