Starting a new job can be daunting. Oftentimes it brings a variety of challenges, such as a more intensive workload, new co-workers to meet, new software to learn, and new institutional knowledge to acquire.

Overcoming these hurdles during an in-person onboarding can be difficult. In a fully remote environment, though, these challenges can seem overwhelming. 

With 36.2 million Americans expected to work remotely by 2025, it is more common for managers to onboard employees without ever meeting them in person. Not only does this create new obstacles when training employees, but it can also cause new members to feel lonely or isolated from missing out on in-person interactions with team members and integrating into the remote workplace culture.

Luckily, there are best practices to ensure success in your new role and help establish a sense of belonging in your new work environment. Here are a few of my tips:

Stay Organized

In a remote environment, organization is key. Create a system to keep track of all the new information you’re learning. Since you’re not working in a physical space where people can easily see what you’re doing, you are responsible for managing your workload and time in your own environment.

To-do lists can help you stay on track with tasks, and regular communication with your managers will keep them updated on your availability and willingness to help with new projects. You may also want to work with your manager to set guidelines and goals. Goal setting can help you create a clear roadmap for your first six months.

Familiarize Yourself with Key Tools

Technology is your lifeline, but what is it worth if you don’t know how to use it? Take the time to familiarize yourself with your equipment, communication platforms and software systems. To learn more efficient ways of using your equipment, search tutorial videos to discover tips and tricks or quick hacks for specific tools. This can save you frustration and time.

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask Questions

When working remotely, it is easy to be deterred when you can’t find what you’re looking for, especially when you can’t pop over to a colleague’s desk to ask them a quick question. Try to be as resourceful as possible to integrate yourself within your company’s systems.

Since remote work often makes it less convenient to ask for help, it’s a good idea to keep a running list of questions that occur throughout the day. This way, you can remember what questions to ask during a meeting with your manager, or send them via chat when you know your manager is available. This ensures that no question slips your mind, and your manager can better understand where you’re at in the onboarding process.

Finally, remember, the only bad question is the question that you don’t ask. It is better to reach out to someone for clarity than to make avoidable mistakes or flail in confusion.

Reach Out to Peers

While your manager may be a resource, it can be valuable to learn from a peer because they may have more applicable experience to share. Peer relationships can also enhance collaboration, productivity, and performance.

In a remote environment, you won’t run into peers in the office, so it is a good idea to proactively introduce yourself and ask for advice or helpful tips.

In addition, many companies are prioritizing time during meetings to chat about personal life and non-work-related updates. Take this time to get to know your co-workers on a more personal level and build connections with them. By doing this, you may feel more in tune and connected to your company’s culture.

Remote onboarding does not have to be as challenging as it seems. It can be a smooth and inviting transition into your new role when approached with the right tools and mindset. Lastly, taking the right steps for your working style and forming connections with your co-workers along the way will set you up for success.

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