As is the case with nearly all divisions of companies, the COVID-19 epidemic has also impacted human resources departments. Many companies have had to revamp their entire recruiting process and adapt it to COVID-19 regulations. Although efforts had already been made to digitize more and more steps in the recruitment process even before the pandemic outbreak, the COVID crisis has been accelerating this development. While previously only the preselection stage occurred as a phone or video interview, applicant interviews via video call have now become the norm for all stages. But once the applicant has been hired, the next challenge comes: onboarding must occur without personal contact. The crisis has turned the integration of new employees on its head, for team activities such as lunching together or regular coffee breaks are possible only in virtual form at the present time. But it is long been no secret that the first days on the job are enormously important and determine how a new employee will adjust to the company.
As digitization experts with the latest tools from our partners ready at hand, we have for some time been able to work anywhere remotely, and we have already digitized many steps in the recruiting process even prior to the pandemic. At the start of the lockdown, we therefore needed to make only a few adjustments in just a few days to get a fully digitized alternative for our onboarding up and running, affording our new colleagues as smooth a start as possible, physical distance notwithstanding.