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8 Steps to Creating a Virtual Employee Onboarding Program

If your company is struggling with how to create a virtual onboarding program, here are eight tactics that Kelly and her colleagues used that may be helpful.

My thoughts on meetings

I used to really hate meetings. As a developer they seem to just get into the way of doing real work. You sit in a room with other people who are probably thinking the same thing and you are itching to get back to your desk and do "real work".

Best practices for remote onboarding

Guidance for centering trust, psychological safety, and a sense of community from a new hire’s first day.

Write five, then synthesize: good engineering strategy is boring

Few companies understand their engineering strategy and vision. One consequence of this uncertainty is the industry belief that these documents are difficult to write. In some conversations it can feel like you’re talking about something mystical, but these are just mundane documents. The reality is that good engineering strategy is boring, and that it’s easier to write an effective strategy than a bad one.

Being Glue

Every senior person in an organisation should be aware of the less glamorous - and often less-promotable - work that needs to happen to make a team successful. Managed deliberately, glue work demonstrates and builds strong technical leadership skills. Left unconscious, it can be career limiting. It can push people into less technical roles and even out of the industry.