If you are starting a new job remotely, you may be apprehensive about what to expect when it comes to onboarding, training and introductions at your new company. Some organizations will have this process nailed down, while others may be new to this level of remote work. Check out the four tips below to help you navigate this process and effectively transition into your new job virtually.
1. Ask Questions
Odds are, you’ll probably have a lot of questions when starting at a new company and likely even more if you are starting a new job while working from home. It is recommended to reach out to your human resources representative or manager before starting to make sure that you have all of the information you need for your first day. If you have any outstanding questions before you begin, make sure to get those answered so that you can log on properly and get started efficiently. It is also a good idea to make sure that you have all of the necessary tools you need to start your role from home. Did your new company send you all of the right technology? Do you have all of your log in information? Is your internet speed adequate?
After starting, you should continue to ask questions to your manager or colleagues as they come up. During calls or video meetings, be sure to write down items where you need clarification. This will allow you to ask you follow-up questions and also show that you are engaged and interested in your training.
2. Make Connections
Starting a new virtual job may pose some barriers to connecting with colleagues. While you might not be able to have small talk at the office water cooler, you can still establish those connections with others online. You might want to start by finding out how your team prefers to communicate. Whether it’s through daily update calls or corporate chat platforms, understanding this process will help you effectively connect with others in your organization.
It is suggested to try to introduce yourself to others during your first virtual meetings. Are there any company-sponsored virtual events coming up? What about a team happy hour? These are great opportunities to introduce yourself and discuss items beyond work. Giving your colleagues an idea of who you are outside of work can help create those connections and establish relationships which is helpful to create positive and productive conversations.
3. Utilize Technology
We are fortunate to have many technology and communication platform options available to make working from home easier. Utilizing video conferencing tools, corporate chatting platforms and other technologies will help keep you and your team connected and focused. Make sure that you are well-versed in all of the tools that your company utilizes and have an understanding of how your team uses them every day. Many companies will have documentation or training to help you get onboarded and comfortable in these platforms. If you are having any issues with these technologies, reach out to your manager or IT department so that you can gain a better understanding of how to utilize them properly.
4. Be Patient
Many companies are experiencing new circumstances when it comes to working from home. Some have never encountered such high numbers of remote work before, while others may have had remote procedures in place for years. Try to be patient and flexible with delays. The HR and IT departments may be backed up with requests from employees across the nation. By being open and understanding of these issues, you’ll be prepared if delays occur. If, however, they are hindering your ability to do your job, communicate these issues to your manager.
There may be some small barriers that you encounter when starting a new job remotely, but being open and communicative with your team will help you overcome them and stay focused on excelling at your new role!
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