By Lisa Rabasca Roepe | The Muse
It’s natural to have first-day jitters when you start a new job. But what happens when your first day is remote? What if many days after that are also remote depending on how long the company keeps folks home as a result of the coronavirus? And what if you aren’t able to meet your manager and colleagues in person for a while? How will you get to know your coworkers, get up to speed on how to do your job, or even know who to contact when you have questions?
As companies move their employees to remote work to stem the spread of COVID-19, new employees will likely be onboarding virtually. Instead of the typical half-day orientation where you pick up your laptop, supplies, and paperwork, and then enjoy a welcome lunch with your new colleagues—and the next few weeks of bumping into new people around the office as you get your bearings in your role—all of this will need to be handled from a safe distance.