Companies Make The Shift To Virtual Onboarding Of New Hires

KOLKATA: In these Covid times, you could call it socially distant onboarding.

As new hires come on board during the lockdown — and beyond — companies such as Procter & Gamble, Visa, Mahindra & Mahindra, Flipkart and RBS India have made the shift from physical onboarding programmes to innovative, fully virtual experiences aimed at making new joinees who are working from home feel included and welcome.

For new hires missing out on the direct contact and camaraderie of a physical workplace, companies are rolling out initiatives that include gamified digital induction modules; virtual sessions with country heads and CXOs; connecting new hires to ‘buddies’ who can advise and guide them as they work remotely; access to online learning and training resources and much more.

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While it is easy getting information in an office environment, it can be really difficult when working remotely, P&G’s human resources head for the Indian sub-continent, PM Srinivas, said.

Thirty-five new hires joined the consumer goods firm last month. To facilitate their induction, P&G has created a customised app, P&G Connect, which provides resources to help navigate the system and also serves as a learning and engagement platform.

Source: Economic Times

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