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Onboarding candidates remotely

Onboarding candidates remotely?  Follow these easy steps to ensure a smooth onboarding of new hires by Thomas Lemarié, Director of Sales – Quebec

It’s no surprise that businesses all around the world are feeling the impact of COVID-19. Many are now looking for employment when just weeks ago our economy was booming with skyrocketing employment rates.

In this climate, we must reconsider how to conduct business while moving forward and anticipating what the future of work looks like. Despite this change, there is an influx of hiring in key industries including pharmaceuticals and manufacturing that continue to provide essential services.

As a recruitment agency, Tundra Technical Solutions is working with a number of customers that are facing the same challenges as many other companies in the market: establishing best practices for onboarding candidates remotely. We are here to help.

Where do you start?

Step One: Process Implementation

Organizations must implement a new onboarding process by gathering all the pertinent people involved (HR, Talent Acquisition, Business Partners, Hiring Managers) to determine clear objectives for their new resources and provide the best possible onboarding experience.

Some questions to ask yourself during this planning period are:

  • How I can offer a relevant and targeted onboarding experience that will reflect my Employer Brand?
  • What is the welcome package (laptop, cell, etc.) the new hire needs in order to be efficient and how do I deliver it to them?
  • What documents should the new hire sign and have access to in order to carry out their duties?
  • How will we train the new hire during the first few weeks?
  • Who are the key people the new hire should meet or shadow?
  • Does our organization have the right digital tools in place?
  • Should I build a training agenda for the first month?

Step Two: IT and First Day Setup

Always ensure your IT department is aware of the hardware/software needs of your new employee. As part of your implementation process, you must determine if the new hire will pick up their equipment from your facilities or if you will be able to ship all the resources (check your company policy).

Once your new hire has access to all the required tools, it’s time to start training and introducing your processes, company culture and expectations for their new role.

Follow this process to navigate the most important part of your new employee’s journey within the organization:

  1. Orientation via Videoconference

Have a personal discussion before you get down to business; introduce yourself, your background, your interests and anything else that may help break the ice. Not everyone is used to video conferences, which can be disorienting and overwhelming. Adding in the human factor will help facilitate your first interaction.

  1. Paperwork:

Walk your new hire through the signing of onboarding and training documents. Provide a list of names and contact information for all employees they will interact with.

  1. Training Agenda:

Take the time to go over the training agenda you built. Depending on the skills you want your new employee to master, it is essential to clearly set expectations on the training agenda and objectives.

For example, you may want the new employee to have spoken to all team members 1:1 in the first two weeks and have read all essential company documentation he/she should understand. Divide the tasks into smaller packages at the outset to ensure a complete understanding of a process or system (ex: creating a new account in your CRM).

The end goal is to ensure that he/she will be autonomous quickly and help you achieve the organization’s objectives.

  1. Introduction to the team:

Present your new star hire to the rest of the team. Schedule a 30-minute conference call so that everyone can be introduced in a roundtable icebreaker.

Organize a virtual event with the team during the first week. Our company found success in virtual lunch & learns, after-hours workout sessions and a virtual pub night. Create your own fun and engaging event.

  1. Follow up:

Stay in close contact with your new employee and set a check-in timetable in their calendar, but be careful not to micromanage. We recommend every two days at the outset, but most importantly you should be available and accessible to answer any questions.


Offering the right onboarding process will make all the difference both to you as a manager and to your employee who will start their new job feeling supported and in control.

Ensure you lead with empathy and understanding while assisting your new hire through a smooth transition.

Tundra Technical Named in Canadian Business Growth 500 for 10th Year in a Row

Tundra now 58th fastest growing company in Toronto GTA

TORONTO – Tundra Technical Solutions, a global staffing firm with a focus on Technology and Engineering, has been selected as one of the country’s fastest-growing companies for the 10th year in a row in the prestigious and rigorous annual Canadian Business Growth 500 ranking. Previously known as the PROFIT 500,  and celebrating its 31st anniversary, the Growth 500 ranks Canada’s top private and public companies based on five-year revenue growth. Tundra also enjoys the top ranking in its industry; firms must be independent, not a subsidiary, to qualify.

As a result of its selection, Tundra will participate in the 17th Annual Growth 500 CEO Summit, an exclusive, invitation-only conference designed specifically for the leaders of Canada’s fastest-growing companies, which will take place on Thursday, October 24 at Toronto’s Fairmont Royal York Hotel. The event features powerful Idea Exchange peer-to-peer roundtable discussions and workshops celebrating the success of Canada’s fastest-growing firms.

“In 2004, Tundra set out on a journey to create our industry’s most innovative company and become the recruiting partner with the most technologically advanced recruitment practices, ideas, processes and tools,” Williams added. “Our Growth 500 selection for the 10th year in a row is a testimony to the success of that vision.” Tundra’s innovative services include the industry’s first ever direct-source and curation-services solution allowing companies to leverage their brand equity to attract and engage with the very best talent in the industry.”

On September 2, Tundra also received recognition as one of the U.S.’ fastest growing staffing companies by Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA), the global advisor on staffing and workforce solutions.

“It really has been quite the start to September with first the SIA recognition of our U.S. growth and learning today that Tundra has once again been recognized by the Growth 500 as one of Canada’s fastest growing companies,” Williams said. “I am thrilled for the team; we have such an exceptional group of associates who are always looking to achieve more.”

For more information please reach out Micah Williams at

To Celebrate International Women’s Day Tundra Provides Preview of New Program Aimed to Increase Female Representation in Stem Studies

Tundra’s complete plans to assist female Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) grads to be revealed in April

TORONTO, March 8  — To commemorate International Women’s Day, Tundra Technical Inc., a global innovative staffing firm, is providing an advance look at how it will devote significant corporate resources to help foster female students in their future Science, Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) careers. The program is officially gearing up in April Across North America. Tundra is launching their efforts on International Women’s Day 2019 as a call-to-collaborate with the STEM community to further build a network of meaningful opportunities for students and graduates participating in the program.

Tundra’s plans include Scholarships, Mentor programs and Networking events. “We are very excited to share this news and give people an advance peek at our program. We are committed to driving diversity and supporting women in their pursuit of STEM careers,” said Tundra president Micah Williams. “We are excited to be behind the Women’s Day theme, #balanceforbetter, the call-to-action for driving gender diversity everywhere. As an innovative staffing firm, we believe it is Tundra’s duty to balance the workforce for better and help grow diversity in STEM studies.”

The number of students choosing STEM courses often determines a country’s future technological leadership, Williams said. The shortage is particularly acute among younger female grads.

“According to the UNESCO report in 2017 Cracking the code: Girls’ and women’s education in STEM, only 35% of STEM students in higher education globally are women, and differences are observed within STEM disciplines. For example, only 3% of female students in higher education choose information and communication technologies (ICT) for their studies.”

“That’s why helping STEM women break glass ceilings is even more important, Williams added. “The greater the diversity in the area of STEM the better off we’ll be,” Williams said.  “We are calling on our affiliates and associates to help us celebrate women in STEM. Watch for the complete program in April.”


A global provider of innovative staffing solutions and services, Tundra was formed with a simple idea ‘Go Beyond’ — challenge conventional practices while redefining clients’ expectations. Since 2004, Tundra has grown quickly, today operating offices across North America, Europe and Asia, actively hiring top global contract and full-time talent. Tundra has made appearances on the Growth 500 list for 10 consecutive years thanks to our commitment to hard work and leadership within the IT, engineering and manufacturing industry.

For further information, contact

Micah Williams,, 1-(416) 915-7878