While this list is no means comprehensive, some questions new virtual team members may have, and areas you will want to cover are:
What is the culture of the team? Remember, how are things done around here.
What are the team priorities?
Who is on the team? What are their strengths?
What could you reach out to them for?
What else should the new team member know about the team and its focus?
The new team members’ role
What are the roles and responsibilities of the new team member’s role?
What key priorities and deadlines are there?
Who will they need to reach out to?
What feedback loops are there?
What is expected in terms of performance?
Relationship between the team leader and new team member:
What are your expectations of me as a team member? Team leader?
How do you like to be communicated with?
What are the issues I should surface directly to you? When?
What are the things I should keep in mind in terms of reporting? Connecting with others on the team?
What issues should I call about? Email about? Use the web about?
Who should I reach out to around:
- How to do things?
- Technical IT issues
What have you found useful in terms of onboarding new virtual team members? Do you assign a peer partner from the team? How often do they meet? What works well? Feel free to comment below.
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