Starting a new job is never easy, and starting a job in the middle of a pandemic is even more challenging. Working remotely means you won’t be able to meet your colleagues and superiors in person, with online onboarding processes and self-guide work. However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t forge meaningful connections with your co-workers even though you’re separated by screens.

Here are 5 tips to help you build relationships when starting a new job remotely.

1. Connect with your new team via LinkedIn

Being the new kid on the block can feel a little awkward, but there’s no need to be shy. Take the first step to display your proactiveness by connecting with your new team via LinkedIn. This shows your colleagues that you are interested in getting to know them. Looking through their posts can also let you have a better understanding of their areas of expertise, as well as the company culture.