6 Tips for Onboarding When You're Remote
Adjusting to a new job is never easy, but it can be especially challenging when you are not in the office. Here are six tips to help you be proactive when onboarding remotely:
Schedule a lot of short check-ins with colleagues to imitate the brief, informal interactions you'd have in person.
Share what you’re working on.
Ask colleagues about what they do and what their biggest challenges are.
Pay close attention to other’s words to pick up on workplace style and jargon. Being aware of the language will help you become familiar with the company’s culture.
Identify people who can help you and who may even serve as mentors.
Ask for help. Remember, when you are in person, people often pick up on a questioning expression, but it’s harder to notice in video or phone meetings.
Introduce yourself as new in meetings and digital forums, like Teams. It might be uncomfortable, but most people want to welcome and help you — they need a more overt reminder.