Bringing on a new employee is always an exciting thing. New employees can breathe new vigor into your company and provide much needed help. Hiring a new remote staff person can carry all the positive things of a new in-house employee, but it can also carry certain responsibilities for you as a firm owner. In this post, we will discuss in detail a few of the “must do” things you need to handle in order to successfully onboard a new remote staff person. We will also provide a concise checklist as well.
Give A Warm Welcome
Just because you’re bringing on a remote staff person doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t extend the same sort of warm welcome you would give to an in-house employee. Be sure to reach out to your new hire and warmly express how excited you are to have this new person on your team. In all cases, you should send a welcome email; you might also send a physical letter as well, just to go the extra mile.
Hash Out Schedule Expectations
From a scheduling standpoint, hiring a new remote employee is a bit different than hiring a new in-house staff person. With a new remote person, you have the option to offer a more flexible schedule. However, depending on the situation, you may prefer to have this new hire work standard business hours, just as you would normally prefer from an in-house person. Be sure to clearly discuss the schedule expectations you have for the position, and remember that offering a flexible schedule can carry certain advantages.
Gradually Provide Work Projects
When it comes to diving into work projects, sipping from a small faucet is generally a better way to go about things than drinking from a fire hose. This means that you should provide work tasks to your new remote employee in a gradual manner, rather than saddling him or her with a ton of tasks right away. Start things off by providing a few tasks, and then gradually add more and more. There is no right or wrong pace, but you should abide by the idea that it’s better to have things completely mastered before moving onto to other things.
Give Regular Performance Reviews
In order to ensure that the work product of your new employee best matches your expectations, provide frequent performance reviews. In this situation, more feedback is better than less. Remember, if you have specific ideas about how you want things to be done, you need to clearly communicate those ideas to your employee.
A Concise List
Give a warm welcome via email and via snail mail
Introduce your new employee to your other staff and management
Discuss expectations regarding your employee’s schedule
Discuss expectations regarding compensation and bonuses
Discuss expectations regarding work product quality
Provide work tasks at a gradual pace
Provide frequent performance reviews
Contact GSU for More Information
This is far from an exhaustive list, but hopefully this helps you get started as you attempt to onboard your new remote worker. If you’d like to learn more, reach out to Get Staffed Up, LLC today by calling 866-763-2452.