Building an Effective Onboarding Program for Remote Teams

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Learning Solutions Conference & Expo 2019 - March 27, 2019

Melody Davis

Managing Partner
Versant Learning Solutions

Successful onboarding for remote employees requires a lot of managerial time, team time, and resources. New team members can feel isolated and unsupported, especially if they are inexperienced with remote work. Remote employees may not receive information necessary to their job due to lack of consistency in the process, or the absence of support that office-based employees typically receive. Stakeholders may express concern at the length of time required for new employees to become independent and productive. This often results in new employees impatiently pushing through onboarding material to become active in the field quickly, without proper assessment of performance gaps and future developmental needs. Managers, who are also often field-based, can miss signs of employee distress or disengagement until it’s too late.

In this session, you will explore the process of developing an effective onboarding program for a remote team. You’ll learn questions and techniques to identify the needs of a group and its managers, as well as success factors for a variety of stakeholders. You will discover how to use this information in developing a system that leverages available content and software. You’ll examine different learning formats and why some types work better than others. You will explore the steps to develop a program that can run as a semi-automated process with limited need for user intervention, and the positive impact such a program might have on team bandwidth and productivity.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to gain buy-in for a team that has not had previous training support
  • How to prioritize needs and push content out in stages
  • How to involve all stakeholders in a discussion of wants, needs, and success factors
  • How to creatively use a limited budget
  • Strategies to navigate differing team expectations
  • Why your audience must remain a priority at all stages of design


Designers, developers, managers, and senior leaders (directors, VP, CLO, executive, etc.)

Technology discussed in this session:

Learning management systems, Microsoft SharePoint and PowerPoint, TechSmith Camtasia, Articulate 360, Audacity, and Snagit


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