How to set up a remote employee for success on day one
By Erik Korsvik Østergaard, 27. May 2021
Onboarding people remote, virtually, and in a hybrid world is tough. HBR provides four nice pieces of advice here. I specially like the “dedicated onboarding liaison” and “Designate a culture buddy”. Creating ambassadorship to make the connection easier is so vital in the future, where we will have more fluid workplaces, more dynamic projects, and parallel engagements.
“Even in the office, it’s a good idea to have someone fill the role of informal mentor to support a new hire, but it’s even more critical remotely because the new leader won’t have colleagues around to spontaneously ask questions as they come up.”
“Assigning an individual whom the new employee can go to with questions about the culture can be especially effective. The buddy might debrief after an important group discussion, flagging to the new employee on actions that aren’t in line with the culture or how his or her style may be perceived by others.”