How to Start a New Job During a Pandemic
The Information, 2020-07-10
Premise and Issues
Hired in March and later —> only have worked remotely
Had to find other ways to learn about the job and their colleagues
Feel like a new kid for longer
Video calls fatigue
Creating and maintaining cultural bond while working remote is a challenge.
Lower retention rates for new staff hired during lockdowns.
Reopening —> hybrid schedules and physical distancing at work, inconvenience.
It’s up to the employee to find ways to connect with peers. Very easy to lose initial momentum.
Building balance between work, home life, extra outreach
Harder for new staff as they don’t have established relationships
Techniques and What People Do
Setting clear performance goals with managers [helpful in real life, too]
Mapping out time to get to know the colleagues
Donut Slack app matching people in the organization
People started valuing corporate swag ad showing up in it during video calls
Messaging channels about different topics, online yoga [Aviasales]
Mapping out schedules and split work / relationship building more clearly
Ask-me-anything sessions [we in Aviasales also do it]
Seize every chance to be immersed [in activities not directly related to the person’s job]
Also, something about remote work’s inefficiency.