By Deepa Narwani

A recent survey conducted by The HR Observer in collaboration with TASC Outsourcing found that 74 percent of organisations in the GCC will be using remote onboarding alongside in-person onboarding moving forward.

As we slowly start to emerge out of the pandemic, many companies in the GCC are looking to focus their talent acquisition efforts on virtual hiring and onboarding and adopting more technologies in their hiring processes. These trends came out strongly in a recent survey conducted by The HR Observer in collaboration with TASC Outsourcing.

Right from filling out paperwork to meeting co-workers, employee onboarding is a crucial step in the hiring process. It involves the integration of a new employee into an organisation by providing them with the essential knowledge and skills to be successful in their role.

However, onboarding employees has suddenly become more critical than ever. Due to the pandemic, making the complex onboarding process effective and compliant in a fully remote model has presented a new series of problems for HR. Still, it had to be addressed.

Today, remote onboarding has become a reality. The survey found that 74 percent of organisations in the GCC will be using it alongside in-person onboarding as we move on from the pandemic. However, many respondents said that their organisations are primarily using technology for the administrative aspects of onboarding. Still, there is significant demand for technology that can help improve the engagement of new hires. Technology-powered innovations have the potential to improve the onboarding experience, increase engagement levels and productivity while decreasing employee turnover.

Given the move to using remote onboarding in the future, many organisations surveyed were more willing to invest in dedicated onboarding technology.

Furthermore, 71 percent of respondents felt their onboarding process had room for improvement. A negative onboarding experience can increase the chance of a new employee to look for a job elsewhere. Therefore, investing in an effective onboarding programme is essential to support business processes and increase effectiveness and productivity. The survey highlighted that there is a clear understanding of the value onboarding can bring to an organisation, suggesting a clear desire to improve the adoption of onboarding best practices.

To find out more about how organisations can streamline onboarding through technology, onboarding best practices, and future hiring trends in the GCC, download the report here – https://get.informaconnect.com/the-hr-observer/tasc-onboarding-report/