Company culture plays an integral part in any role; the blend of people and work-life balance not only attracts candidates to jobs but benefits employee retention in the long term. The importance of work culture was truly felt mid-pandemic, with 32% of respondents within our initial 2020 Work from Home Survey revealing that not seeing colleagues daily was the biggest challenge of remote working.
Fortunately, the period of post-pandemic reconstruction gives us greater freedoms to utilize. Inviting new starters into the office for a meeting or social gathering prior to their start date creates a warm welcome and gives reassurance to new employees that they are part of something. Putting a face to a name makes the process of messaging a colleague later down the line, that little bit easier.
Taking an Active Approach to Pre-Boarding:
When onboarding new staff remotely managers need to ensure that they have all their IT kit and other essentials such as a chair and desk set up and ready to go. For starters, it lessens the logistical bureaucracy of day one and reduces apprehension.
If you’re a new starter, it’s a good idea to take time to familiarise yourself with your new colleagues and the inner workings of the IT equipment. Pre-boarding is as physical as it is mental; by acquainting yourself with the company basics prior to starting, you’ll go into day one feeling more confident.
Curating a Work from Home Space: