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Starting a new job is always daunting. But starting a new job remotely? In a post-lockdown world, this is the reality for many new hires and it can be a tricky process.

Here’s our how-to guide to starting a new job remotely for both employers and employees. We’ll take a look at how companies can help new workers fit in, and what new workers can do to help themselves.

Employers: How to Help a New Remote Hire

From fun perks to serious support networks, here’s how to give your new remote employee the best start.

  • Be Welcoming – Make sure you have a comprehensive onboarding process before hiring a remote worker. Organise a series of video calls to make your new hire feel part of the company. We recommend a welcome meeting with the CEO, a chat with HR about where to go for help, and an introductory meeting with their line manager at least. A buddy system with another employee can also be helpful.
  • Be Clear – Have a good idea of how you’re going to manage your remote workers. It’ll give them a clear idea of what’s expected. Weekly calls can help keep everyone on track, while online task management tools can increase productivity.
  • Be Kind – Don’t give up on company socials just because you’re not in the office. Company-wide online quizzes or workshops can help new hires bond with existing employees. Little perks (like free delivery lunches every first Friday) can also brighten up a potentially difficult time.
  • Be Supportive – Most of all, be ready to offer more support than you might usually. Remote working can be isolating, especially for a new employee, and the backdrop of a pandemic makes things even harder. Be willing to be more patient and check in more frequently. Organise team-wide mental health training and make your new hire aware of the support systems available to them.

Employees: Tips for Starting Your New Job Remotely

It can be hard to find your feet in a new workplace – especially when you’re not actually in the workplace! Here are our top tips for fitting in when you work remotely.

  • Be Brave – Don’t be afraid to ask for help! A good line manager won’t expect you to learn the ropes as quickly as you would in-office so there’s no need to feel embarrassed. Find out where to go and who to ask for help as soon as possible, and use that lifeline whenever you need it.
  • Be Friendly – Sadly, you need to put in a little more effort to make work friends remotely than you do when you’ve got a coffee machine to gossip over. Reach out to other employees and ask if they mind connecting on social media. Attend any online social gatherings set up by your new employer. It’s hard at first but definitely worth it.
  • Be Organised – Working from home can be a shock if you’ve never done it before. Try to set up a dedicated workspace and stick to a weekly routine to maintain productivity. Plan your day carefully to include regular breaks and a set time to clock off.
  • Be Open – Starting a new job is tough. Starting a new job from home during a global pandemic is tougher! Keep a check on your mental health and be open if you’re struggling. Find out if your employer offers any support, talk to loved ones, or seek professional help – whatever you need to do to stay mentally well in a difficult time.

Starting a new job remotely can feel lonely but it doesn’t have to. Whether you’re an employer or an employee, we hope these tips help you make a tricky situation a little easier.

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