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Virtual Onboarding During COVID-19: How Do You Do It Effectively?

Duration: 60 minutes Speaker: Marcia Zidle


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Onboarding is important because it introduces the employee to the company’s culture and expectations and gives the employee the vital training and information needed to succeed in their new position.

Gallup research indicates that organizations who fail to implement robust onboarding and engagement practices are likely to experience lower levels of job satisfaction and motivation, and higher levels of turnover. Given the current COVID-19 pandemic, organizations now must quickly adapt their present onboarding program to accommodate remote new hires. 

Successful virtual onboarding of new employees, to get them quickly up to speed and productive, requires these three actions:

  1. upfront planning;
  2. precise coordination; and
  3. the proper technology and tools.

Therefore, this webinar will provide organizations with guidelines to implement an effective remote onboarding program as well as provide their managers, supervisors, and team leaders with the best practices to onboard and manage their new hires who work remotely.

A strategic onboarding plan can dramatically impact your business. Investing in a well-planned onboarding process, whether executed in person or virtual, will help reduce turnover and increase new hire effectiveness. It also makes the new employee as well as the company confident they made the right choice and confident they can succeed in their new job.

Why Should You Attend

You have made your decision about whom to hire.  You’ve gotten them excited about their new job. You’re excited about what they can bring to your team. Now what?

Onboarding is important because it introduces the employee to the company’s culture and expectations as well as your department’s culture and expectations.  In addition, it gives the employee the vital training and information needed to succeed in their new position.

However, we are currently facing unique challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, it is critical to continue supporting and managing all new hires as normally and consistently as possible. Certain fundamentals of onboarding should remain the same. New hires still need guidance in settling into their role and to be aware of how their role fits into the bigger picture; they need to understand the department’s /company culture as well as know how to build relationships with the key people to be successful in their job.

Virtual onboarding is different, but overall, the same ideas, best practices, and processes apply. An introductory handshake becomes an introductory message and a welcome lunch becomes a virtual coffee break. Mastering remote onboarding is crucial and will ensure new team members are comfortable and can thrive in their roles. An effective onboarding process will set the tone for new employee's experience with their manager and the company, so it pays to invest in making it a great one!

Learning Objectives

The focus of this webinar is to increase the effectiveness of your onboarding for remote new hires.  The learning objectives are:

  • Recognize the difference between orientation and onboarding: They are not the same, you need both
  • Review a toolbox of six best practices, with real-world examples, for implementing a virtual onboarding program
  • Identify the building blocks of an effective onboarding program: The 4’Cs: compliance, clarification, culture, connections
  • Learn why managers are the key and how they contribute to the success of your onboarding programs
  • Make sure you know the 5 key questions new employee have that need to be answered quickly to avoid disengagement
  • Learn what you need to do before a new hire’ s start date; on their first day; and during the first week to get your onboarding program off to a great start.

Who Should Attend

New Managers, New Team Leaders, CEO’s, COO’s, VP of Human Resources, Chief Learning Officer, Directors, Project Managers, Operation Managers and Supervisors, Team Leaders, Human Resources Professionals. Managers and Supervisors, talent management professionals

Marcia Zidle

Marcia Zidle is a board certified executive coach, business management consultant and keynote speaker, who helps organizations to leverage their leadership and human capital assets.

She has 25 years of management, business consulting and international experience in a variety of industries including health care, financial services, oil and gas, manufacturing, insurance, pharmaceuticals, hospitality, government and nonprofits.

She brings an expertise in strategy and alignment; social and emotional intelligence; executive and team leadership; employee engagement and innovation; personal and organization change management.

She has been selected one of LinkedIn Profinder’s top coaches for 2016.


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