With the pandemic still going on and turning for the worst, many office still prefer to remain closed thereby forcing their staff to work from home or from remote locations. In these conditions, many business deals are happening virtually and through electronic media. Likewise, many processes including that of HR are also happening virtually. Interviews are happening over video calls, offers are being finalized over emails, joining dates are negotiated over phones and finally, when it comes to onboarding, the same medium is being followed. For instance, just a couple of days ahead of joining, new employees are required to come over briefly to the office to collect basic equipment such as laptops, dongle, phones, brochures, contact details, etc. They may also be required to submit additional personal documents like educational certificates, proof of address, bank details, etc at that time. Some organisations even courier the whole package to the doorstep of the employees if they are staying at remote locations and are unable to reach the office premises. On the date of joining, employees are asked to join the onboarding session conducted by HR personnel via Zoom or MS Teams or Google Meet.
Exit process too practically happens in the same way where discussions happen with the Manager over phone or video call and finally resignation letter is sent over email. Exit interviews with the HR team too happens for the records over a video call. On the last working day, employee walks in to hand over office equipment, if any, or couriers it over to the office. Service / relieving letters & final settlements are sent to the employee via email and that ends the process.
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