During COVID-19, many new employees starting their roles will be doing so remotely – if you are joining a company or welcoming a new recruit, how should you approach those important first few days?
Firstly, whilst the current situation may be unusual, employers should try where possible to follow their normal induction programme:
- Provide copies of welcome documents beforehand to enable your new employee to read up ahead of their first day
- Prepare an introduction schedule so they can ‘meet’ key individuals through video calls and Zoom meetings
- Provide login details and copies of any instruction manuals that your new team member will need. Include relevant contact details should they need any support
- Provide a list of key dates and planned meetings and schedule catch-up calls at key points during their first few days so any initial concerns or questions can be addressed
- Prepare a simple ‘how we work together’ guide outlining the best methods of contact, format for any reports or correspondence and any you would like to be followed.
For an employee, starting a new job at any time can be daunting and taking on a role remotely can add additional pressure. Approach your first day as if you were to be based at your workplace:
- Make the right impression; dress smart, set up a suitable workspace and be at your desk on time
- Think about how you can structure your day – do you need to make adjustments to your usual working hours? Talk these through with your new line manager at your earliest opportunity
- Read your induction material and prepare a list of any questions in advance of your first telephone or video calls
- Check your log in details and familiarise yourself with any systems or programmes that you need to access
- Discuss with your line manager what is expected of you and agree a communications plan so you can feedback on how tasks are progressing
- If you will be managing others, make introductory calls to each person and establish their current workloads, where your support is needed and how you would like to be updated.
Sharp Consultancy specialises in placing candidates at all levels in permanent, temporary and interim accountancy and finance roles. Its team of highly experienced consultants can support businesses of all sizes throughout Yorkshire with any particular recruitment challenges resulting from COVID-19 including team restructure, additional specialist projects and staff absenteeism. Please contact Leeds on 0113 236 6300 or Sheffield on 0114 261 1700.