Most candidates are experiencing remote on-boarding for the first time.
The major challenge has been to make recruits feel comfortable in collaborating
with a team they’ve never met before.

We’ve been trying different things to improve the on-boarding experience.

In our first couple of months working remotely, we welcomed new candidates on
‘chai-break’ calls.
We’d all get on a Zoom call, grab some tea & introduce ourselves.

Later, we started conducting icebreaker events - a great way for recruits to
make friends quickly and get settled in the team.

For about a month now, we’ve been hosting special quizzes in our company-wide
channel whenever someone joins us.

We add our own icebreaker questions inside Trivia (our fun & social app on
Slack/Teams).
Things like, “What’s your favorite movie, TV show?” open up conversations
quickly.

And once they do, connecting with the team becomes easier for colleagues.
Their first DM that to a colleague gets sent.
Their first suggestion in a meeting is given.

This way remote colleagues feel more comfortable and also come up to speed with
work.

There other things we can do to make a remote employee’s first week great.

Some are linked in the comments section.



Posted by Kartik Mandaville on LinkedIn
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