Set your people up with the right kit
The tech you give to new starters is incredibly important nowadays, and you only get one chance to make a first impression. New devices, the latest software and up to date digital tools all show that you are willing to invest in your workforce.
45% of people admit that their personal devices are more powerful than their work ones. Therefore, as a business, providing the latest and greatest tech means you will minimise the BYOD (bring your own device) trend and help reduce data breaches.
Also, consider converging your technology as much as possible to ensure a seamless experience. Two-thirds of people need to switch between five different apps to get work done, wasting over a month of productivity per year.
Don’t forget the workspace and ensure your new starters have the right setup to work from home comfortably and connect with ease. Broadband, desks, cameras, and speakers are all key.
Have a clear induction plan
No matter what industry or level you’re hiring at, you will need to train new starters on your systems, procedures, and product portfolio. You need to get them to feel like part of the company as soon as you can.
Here at FOS.net, all our new starters get a training plan on arrival, and this gives them a sense of purpose and helps them to feel included from the get-go. Agreeing goals and objectives at the beginning of your new people’s journey with the company gives them ownership of their personal development.
Ensure they are part of your culture
Before remote working was the norm, small business culture was very much focused around their offices. Now the offices are no longer the hubs they used to be – companies must work hard to build that sense of comradery across their virtual platforms, especially Microsoft Teams. However, there is a tendency for teams to become more siloed and lose touch with the wider business, now that the opportunity to bump into people is no longer there. It is therefore worth considering virtual company-wide events and fun activities to fill that void.
Our senior management team also used to spend a lot of time travelling to meet their people face to face. This is now impossible and has freed time up. It is tempting to focus on other matters, but we need to remember that the reason for the travel was to meet, engage with and motivate your team. Leaders must develop other ways of making their people feel valued, especially with new starters.
Lastly, if you want to do face-to-face meetups, ensure the whole team participates, not just some members. This will help to make everyone feel included.