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Old 04-15-2021, 08:19 PM
 
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This type of onboarding is perhaps OK when most people are in the office to ask and answer questions, but when all or most of the team is remote, it could be a nightmare. The new hire is going to be deprived of the chance to ask questions organically, without having to schedule a "video meeting".
We have onboarded people through the pandemic without any issues. We have internal company chat and video, and although they could talk on the landlines we rarely use them. Microsoft Teams works really well. I'm not sure what you mean by organically asking questions. Anything that can be done in-person is even better online because people have the ability to record their sessions and paste the text into whatever documents they are putting together.
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Old 04-16-2021, 06:31 AM
 
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We have onboarded people through the pandemic without any issues. We have internal company chat and video, and although they could talk on the landlines we rarely use them. Microsoft Teams works really well. I'm not sure what you mean by organically asking questions. Anything that can be done in-person is even better online because people have the ability to record their sessions and paste the text into whatever documents they are putting together.
100%. I've started all of my past 3 jobs 100% virtually with no issues. In fact, I think that's actually a better way to learn vs. having someone literally over your shoulder or face to face and listening to them ramble on. I didn't want them in my personal space pre-COVID and I sure don't want them in my personal space now! If you can't ask/answer a question over the phone/email/IM, you're a soon-to-be-extinct dinosaur.
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Old 04-16-2021, 05:37 PM
 
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This type of onboarding is perhaps OK when most people are in the office to ask and answer questions, but when all or most of the team is remote, it could be a nightmare. The new hire is going to be deprived of the chance to ask questions organically, without having to schedule a "video meeting".
I've hired an entire remote team in a foreign country while I reside in the US. They are spread throughout that country as well; working from home. While I agree that this introduces a lot of logistical/communication problems into the daily work, on-boarding specifically wasn't any more of a problem.

We use Microsoft teams and during business hours frequently do video meetings with groups or one on one. Its kinda expected that you are available during your work hours at a moments notice. I constantly remind them to not hesitate to contact each other (and myself) to work problems together. For new hires, this means they should not feel any hesitation to work or pair with another.

One of my team leads is in China with limited spoken english but well written english. I've worked with him for 5+ years and have yet to hear his voice or know what he looks like.. lol. He was already part of the team when I took over... Valuable member... no doubt.. but coordinating with him is a little more of a challenge. Fortunately, he is very detailed and communicative in emails and our bug tracking system. Plus, he practically self-manages himself. I usually put him on the design, architecture, and difficult tasks that he works on his own..

Fortunately, that entire team is in the same time zone. Unfortunately for me, they only over lap with my day a couple hours.
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Old 04-18-2021, 09:38 AM
 
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People can't be handheld forever. There does come a point where someone may clearly not be "getting it" fast enough to remain employed.

"Sink or swim" shows that management doesn't really care if the staff succeed or not.
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