We're talking welcome packs on the desk, real smiles, coffees, first lunches. A remote employee's first day looks entirely different, so how do you make it a good one?
Without an office, you can't invite them for coffee or lunch before their first day. You have to keep in touch in other ways to make them feel part of the team and eagerly expected.
Nothing worst than arriving to an office with no desk set up for you right? Same story in remote.
Setting up remotely can feel isolating. Provide guidelines and share how other people are working in the company so they can start setting up.
You need to be more organized and intentional about new hires getting enough exposure to the company and the people.
You really want to avoid them staring at their screen blindly and wonder "what now?". Get those first days and weeks planned out.
Encourage people to schedule time to meet their teammates over informal video calls. If it's explicitly part of their planning, people feel more at ease to do it.
After their first month, ask them to write up a first month review to share with the team about what surprised them and what you can do better for the next hire.