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Join remotely for a new job? Here’s what to do to better integrate into the company

By Richa Singh,

A Gallup study found that only 12% of employees agree that employers do a great job of onboarding new hires.

Making new recruits feel welcome has been an uphill battle, especially in a remote setup, a change we believe will survive the pandemic.

A lot is going through the mind of any new employee as they begin the journey from onboarding to onboarding.

While employers are doing their part, it is also essential that we, as employees, also give our best to fit in with the team and work culture. Here are some tips for the same:

– Simply create your own workspace

Imagine your first day at work in a new office space, what do you see? There is a whole new environment that you are now part of. But in a remote environment, there are hardly any physical changes to consider. So what are you doing?

We suggest marking this transition in your life by setting up a physical space specifically for work in your home. And if you already have one, start by rearranging it to reproduce a bit of “newness”. Add elements, change direction, buy a new chair – do anything that embraces change and sets the mood for you to start working!

– Clear all bases with your manager

A report launched by Azcentral suggests that 28% of employees cite poor communication as a reason for not being able to deliver work on time.

Poor communication makes it difficult for employees to clean all the bases remotely.

Drive the orientation forward with in-depth discussions with your manager. Ask questions about your organization’s goals and changing priorities, if any. Prioritize and rationalize your individual goals in a way that contributes to your organization’s goal.

– Choose “real” working hours

Remember, this is work from home, not 24/7 work. The downside to all the flexibility a remote setup provides is that employees often tend to cross borders between work and life. Creating boundaries that divide work and work time can help find balance. You can recognize your highly productive phases and plan your hours accordingly. Setting these hours can also kick your productivity up a notch.

Follow a communication standard

Of course, employers drive communications between teams. But there is no way for an organization to succeed without employee support. A recent database from the CosoCloud database suggests that email is the primary method of communication for remote workers, followed by instant messaging and video chat.

Find out what your team relies on? Do they prefer email or do they find texting to be time consuming? Does your team prefer to catch up on video rather than calls? Identify them and take them into account when establishing your communication standards.

– Make efforts to get to know the team better

Recently, McKinsey released a statistic that suggests “Organizations with connected employees show productivity increases of 20-25%.” But how do you stay connected when you just join remotely? Meeting people virtually can become overwhelming as a new member.

You can consider taking mini-steps to understand even better –

  • Make time in your schedule to meet people from all teams
  • Host meetings on topics you are working on/interested in
  • Take a step forward by hosting introductions from people you want to network with
  • Replace “meeting at your peer’s office” with a “tea break” once in a while

– Acknowledge the learning curve

Don’t beat yourself up if you are already unable to understand the work. The first few months of your job as a new remote employee may be uncertain and disjointed, but now is not the time to feel out of place.

Go easy on yourself. Don’t beat yourself up for failing new tasks or making stupid mistakes. Learning is a process that usually takes time. Remember that, and you can see it as growth that you are passionate about.

– Keep your calendar up to date

The biggest enemy of productivity is procrastination. When working from home, it’s easy for you to lose sight of tasks, deadlines, and priorities throughout the day.

Spend the first fifteen minutes of your day prioritizing your actions by deadlines. Make a to-do list and add it to your calendar for the day. Set time limits for each task to help you stick to it.

Do this daily to contribute effectively and keep your team informed of your schedules.

– Plan it with your manager

You already follow your day-to-day schedule and have set goals to achieve daily/weekly. But are these objectives aligned with what is expected of you as a priority? Plan it with your manager to help you with this!

Here’s how you can do it better-

  • Arrange a daily/weekly meeting with your manager to better plan your work
  • Organize a brainstorming session with your manager whenever you need help
  • Try to meet with them by the end of the week to discuss the week and any delays, if any
  • Consider creating meeting minutes or worksheets to set priorities and provide greater clarity

Ask if you don’t know.

Suggest if you can.

Listen, learn and implement.

And while you’re at it, remember that every day can’t guarantee happiness, but every day you can fit in better.

(The author is CEO and co-founder of YourDOST. The opinions expressed are personal and do not reflect the official position or policy of Financial Express Online.)

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