remote onboarding

Make the Most of Your Remote Training with These Tips

Aug 31, 2020

To reduce exposure and maintain social distance, some hospitals and facilities are moving to an online onboarding program that allows you to fill out your paperwork, go through human resources training and watch the necessary videos from the convenience of your home computer. 

It's essential to get the most from these few hours with human resources. But like everything else that's new, it takes a little getting used to ensure you learn everything you need.

Here are a few tips to help you get through online onboarding and training during this new normal.

This May Be the New Normal For More Than One Reason

While online onboarding helps improve social distance, it's nothing new. It is a powerful tool for companies to continue since it keeps all the training and information in one place in a repeatable and consistent process for all new hires. Hospitals that use standardized onboarding and training can also save money since it's no longer necessary to set up orientation schedules with multiple instructors and classes. 

This also means new hire training can take place at any time, so units can bring on staff as quickly as needed. The process has also been less stressful for new employees who can learn at their own pace and repeat parts when they don't fully understand what's being shared. Online onboarding can also easily provide measurable results for the hospital or facility.

What This Means for You

Since an online learning experience is likely more cost-effective for facilities, as the social distancing squeeze with the pandemic begins to relax, it's likely many hospitals and facilities will keep this online experience available. As a traveler, this means it's essential you are familiar with how to get the most out of your orientation since it's something you may be going through every three to five months.


Be sure you've read the emails and instructions that come before you start your online onboarding. Review the materials, check your computer is compatible with the software being used and consider hardwiring to your modem, so your internet connection is stable.

Use Your Calendar Effectively

Since an online learning environment is often done independently, you'll have to pay attention to scheduling time just as you would schedule a time to go in. Live portions of training will have specific hours, but everything can be done on your own time. It's important to get it done when you are awake, alert, and ready to learn.

Choose The Best Environment At Home

It's easy to think that you can sit on the couch and go through orientation in your pajamas, but this is not the best way to absorb the material and be ready for your first day at work. Research finds that those who work in professional clothes feel better about themselves and are more productive. Find a place at home where you can sit comfortably with your feet flat on the floor, plenty of light, and no distractions.

For Clear Audio, Use a Headset

While it's simple to use the speakers and the microphone on your laptop or computer, for your listener's best audio, you'll want to use a headset. Your conversations are smoother, and there is less feedback.

Don't Forget to Take Breaks

Just like sitting in a classroom for hours at a time, sitting in front of the computer going through learning modules can tax your brain and reduce the amount of information you learn. Try to take a quick break every 60 to 90 minutes and stand up while you're watching videos to keep your blood moving and improve your attention and focus on the information.

Travel is an Adventure - Are You Ready?

During times of high patient volume, hospitals and facilities need staff to fill the gaps and ensure strong patient care. This is a perfect time to expand your career options, develop your professional skills, and grow personally. Call the professional recruiters at GetMed today. We can help you find the right assignment and get ready for a new adventure.