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In this age of globalisation and the consequent digital transformation of modern industry, it's becoming increasingly common for organisations to consider job candidates from other geographic locations.
The world's population of remote workers is steadily on the rise, and digital tools that can be utilised to facilitate remote work are becoming software staples for businesses in every industry.
However, despite all of this digitalisation, there are still concerns surrounding ensuring that remote workers feel like they are a part of their wider workforce. Alongside this, employers have been searching for different ways to promote employee engagement and provide all of their employees with shared organisational goals.
Amending your organisation's employee onboarding processes to better cater to remote workers may prove to be just the answer to these concerns.
Here are just a few ways you can curate your employee onboarding processes to better accommodate your growing remote workforce.
Invest in a digital employee onboarding system
A digital employee onboarding system will allow you to create and distribute a tailored organisational onboarding process to all of your remote applicants.
Having a tailored digital onboarding procedure will allow you to process all of your remote applicant's personal documentation with minimal fuss, alongside providing your remote applicants with a good amount of preliminary organisational information.
If your digital employee onboarding system is adequately designed and easy to navigate, it will definitely take a lot of confusion out of your employee's wider induction process, and ensure that your new employee's first impressions of your organisation stay strong.
Providing your new remote employees with adequate support from the get-go will likely boost their confidence and allow them to hit the ground running in their new position.
Provide digital training sessions and resources
As is the case with any organisation, even a workforce that consists of remote workers is greater than the sum of its respective parts.
Consistent and effective employee training plays a crucial role in maintaining peak productivity and performance in your organisation.
The need for routine training becomes increasingly important when managing a remote workforce, as strong digital training sessions and resources will help support remote employees staying on track with independent projects and maintaining a clear understanding of your expectations as their employer.
It's important to note here that digital training sessions and resources may take a variety of different forms depending on the nature of the work being undertaken.
If you're looking to develop your own digital training resources and materials, it's well worth consulting the heads of your organisation's departments for expert feedback, as well as providing your remote trainees themselves with feedback forms.
These training sessions can be just as valuable to your development as a manager as they can be to your remote workers too.
Schedule digital check-ins
Alongside providing digital training sessions, you'll want to schedule subsequent digital check-ins or project status update meetings with your remote workers, both to provide them with a clear cut timeline for their work's progress and completion, as well as ensuring that the materials presented in your digital training sessions are being put to good use.
Application of knowledge is something that can't be communicated easily, and this becomes especially true in the case of remote workforce management.
Suppose your remote workers feel comfortable discussing their work with you over casual check-ins as well as in formal meetings. In that case, you're more likely to be able to actively observe positive growth in those employees, and thus, be better equipped to edit and recalibrate your own digital training materials.
One of the other barriers that remote workers face when integrating into a new workplace is simply a lack of opportunities to feel socially included in their new workplace.
Even with professional digital check-ins, you and your organisation should still feel encouraged to schedule more casual or purely social video calls too.
If your workforce consists of both in-house and remote workers, taking steps to include remote workers in physical, organisational events or celebratory milestones can help bridge the gap between your in-house and remote employees, elevating the overall interconnectedness of your organisation.
It's irrefutable that a business can only move forward when all of its employees are working towards the same goals.
Whilst a remote workforce may complicate ensuring that all employees are sharing the same visions with regards to their organisation's success, promoting these goals can be easily achieved through the utilisation of project management tools, alongside prioritising consistent digital communications.
So long as you as an employer can persistently prioritise the alternative managerial needs of your remote workforce, there is no reason why your modern and digitalised organisation will not be able to flourish in this globalised world.