Many forward-thinking companies looking to grow their bottom line are becoming increasingly flexible in how they do business, and one approach is the use of remote workers.
Research has revealed how remote work is viewed positively by job seekers, supports productivity, increases worker loyalty and boosts retention rates. However, many businesses have a difficult time establishing remote work positions.
If your company is looking at having a remote workforce, keep these suggestions under consideration as you look to recruit for these positions.
Assess Needs and Possibilities
Once your company has made a decision to leverage a remote workforce, you should go through every position to see which ones can be done remotely. Many jobs, especially involving computer and phone work, are ideal candidates for remote work.
Develop a Plan
After you’ve established which jobs can be done remotely, you’ll have to set up policies and practices. Most important are the policies related to communication, which ought to be in place before hiring remote employees.
Give remote employees the tools they need to communicate and stay organized with both their co-workers and management. Video chat, file transfer, instant message, email and other tools are only as useful as company policies make them.
Post Remote Work Positions
Hiring for a remote position is very different from hiring for an in-house position. To get the most qualified job applicants, you should know where to find them and what they are seeking in a remote employer. There are many niche job boards that specialize in remote work positions, but general job boards cater to these positions, as well. Keep in mind that not all people seeking remote positions want “full-time” work. Some may be freelancers looking to pick up less than 40 hours of work per week.
In your job postings, clearly state when the job is a remote position, using words like “work-at-home,” “telecommute,” and “remote.”
It’s also important to stress the importance of necessary soft skills, such as organizational, self-motivational and communication abilities.
Embrace “Remote” With Your Interview Process
While many hiring personnel will be comfortable holding only phone interviews for remote positions, you may want to think about using video interviews, through services like FaceTime and Skye.
A footage interview can create a personal connection with applicants, while evaluating their technical and communications abilities.
Follow Through With Strong Communication
One issue you must consider with remote workers is the lack of a strong relationship once they are hired. Just as your in-house employees would gather around a water cooler and talk about their weekends, it is important to have this same kind of social interaction with remote workers. This can help them feel more connected to your company and its people.
Ask remotes employees about their weekend and their week. Quiz them on possible issues they may be facing that are associated with their job. These steps can help a remote worker feel understood, heard and appreciated.
Let Us Help Your Company Establish a Remote Workforce
At Jarvi Group, we are very experienced when it comes to hiring remote workers. Please contact us today to find out how we can help your company hire remote workers.