That is how distant onboarding works

Starting a new job can create fear at best, but add a pandemic and lockout to it, and the difficulties multiply. For many newcomers, the past few months have meant joining a company whose office they have never seen and getting to know their colleagues through a screen.

"The biggest challenge in the beginning was to ask these little questions that are easy and quick when you're sitting next to someone – like how the server works, where you can find fonts or specific files," says Emily Ryder, who as DesignStudio Designer in the middle of the lockdown. "I always felt that there were people I could ask, but before I knew them well, I was aware not to disturb them too much, especially when everyone is busy. It just takes a little more guesswork and Time to find out these little things for yourself. "

This is not only her first job in the creative industry, but also Ryder's first experience working from home. She says that she definitely missed the social side and creativity of a studio environment. As she emphasizes, it is difficult to repeat the kind of everyday office conversations that spark ideas or the midday chats that help you move to a new location when everyone is trapped in their own home.

I miss being able to walk the floor every day and ask people, “What are you working on? How do you feel? “I miss the work around you

Even those with more experience found the experience strange. Laura Jordan Bambach recently came to Gray as the Chief Creative Officer and says it was strange working somewhere without meeting people face to face or even knowing where people were sitting in the office. "I thought today I have no idea how tall people are or something," she said to CR. "I certainly miss some of the things I would normally do as a CCO in an agency. I miss being able to go over the floor every day and ask people," What are you working on? How are you feeling? "I miss the work around you. "