The challenges of remote work and the continued threat of COVID-19 have caused educational institutions to reevaluate how new employees are acclimated to the campus community, particularly with regard to onboarding. Tasks and administrative work that used to take place in person and onsite over the first few days and weeks of employment now need to happen more quickly, and be accessible from anywhere. But how do you choose the best solution for your organization’s needs? Here's what to look for in a virtual onboarding solution.
The effects of the pandemic and shift to remote work have upended how many educational institutions onboard new positions. From addressing logistical paperwork challenges, acclimating new employees who may have only met their manager virtually, to conducting 30, 60, and 90 day check-ins via Zoom, HR directors have had to vastly shift their approach to how new hires embark their first days and months.
After a year that found many schools and institutions going remote, the dust is still settling on what it all means for the future of educational institutions and workplaces themselves. What is less uncertain is that remote work -- in some form or another -- is the wave of the future. In a 2019 Upwork report (long before COVID-19), an estimated 73% of all U.S. workforces expected to have remote workers by 2028. That number will almost certainly be fast tracked in the face of the pandemic, where many employees and teams have proven that they are able to work effectively from outside of the physical office, and organizations have realized there’s a cost-savings advantage as well.