Your company culture is a critical component of what your business stands for and how it operates. That is why the term Cultureboarding is now used extensively in HR circles, with organisations focusing on promoting work culture as a key component of their organisation.

Your work culture should in reality form an integral part of your company DNA, so here are some suggestions to help the process when onboarding new recruits. 

When thinking about how to demonstrate your company culture to a new employee, you should consider: 

  • What does your company culture encompass?

  • What is in your code of conduct?

  • Do you have a vision and mission statement?

  • How involved are senior leaders in the onboarding process?

  • Do you have certain things that you do daily or weekly, such as lunch meetings, catch-ups, or Friday round-ups? 


When a big part of company culture relies on the camaraderie of the physical office environment, it can be more challenging to get your new hire to feel appropriately integrated when working from home. One of the most effective way to get around this problem is to make extensive use of video call platform software such as Teams and Zoom. 

Include new employees on video calls with as many of their new colleagues as possible, depending on the size of your organisation. Creating these opportunities for them to meet and form relationships across the company prevents them from feeling undermined or excluded from your company culture. Aim to introduce new employees via video to as many senior members as possible, and yes, this includes CEOs and MDs.

Make sure that they are regularly included on video calls with colleagues that they will be working closest with, for at least the first month. They will help to strengthen employee bonds significantly and quickly.

Before the new employees start date, maybe add them on appropriate social media platforms that you need to be connected to for work, such as LinkedIn, or your company Facebook. Remember to ask them if they are comfortable using their personal social media for work – if not, arrange for them to set up separate work profiles.

Additionally, instant messaging groups such as WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger or Slack can be invaluable to help employees integrate during the early days. These can provide quick answers from colleagues or managers about smaller queries that the new hire might have.

Of course, it will not be feasible for remote employees to physically join in with team lunches but aim to incorporate them as much as you can. Invite them to all online work events, even if they can’t attend – this way they won’t feel excluded.


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About the Author: Mark Woffenden

Mark Woffenden is a Director at Lucy Walker Recruitment and has an extensive knowledge of the issues and workings of the West Yorkshire and Greater Manchester Commercial markets developed over the last 20 years in the Industry