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How to Be Prepared for Onboarding a New Staffer

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Onboarding a new staffer 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 blog, 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 onboarding a new remote staffer 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.


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    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 on 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 onboarding a new staffer. If you’d like to learn more, reach out to Get Staffed Up, LLC today by calling 866-763-2452. Also, you can subscribe to our weekly newsletters HERE.


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