In a world where remote working quickly became the norm instead of the exception, many employers are struggling to keep up.
It’s one thing to allow existing employees to work from home, but it’s another thing entirely to hire someone you’ve never even met in person.
But there is some good news here. Companies have been doing this for years before the pandemic hit, and there are some tips that can help you follow suit.
Here are some tips to effectively manage hiring when working entirely remotely.
Build an Online Presence
Don’t make the mistake of thinking remote work is a novelty. Especially since the COVID pandemic, many companies are managing remote staff. So although remote working does provide great flexibility, it’s no longer a unique benefit.
So if you want to attract the right workers, you’re going to have to make your workplace appear appealing to skilled remote workers.
Build an online presence that communicates the most appealing aspects of your organization. Include things like company culture, customer-centric philosophies and anything else that would appeal to a broad range of workers. Avoid posting anything political unless it’s directly related to your company’s values.
If possible, include employee testimonials. This can provide some assurance that a potential employee will be happy at your organization.
Advertise in the Right Places
There are many job boards that are dedicated to hiring remote workers, and these can be a great resource.
Someone looking to get a remote job will undoubtedly search on a remote-specific job board.
If you decide to post on a larger job board like Monster or Indeed, be sure to clearly state in the job title that the position is entirely remote.
Another way to recruit is to ask successful employees for referrals. You may even want to initiate a referral program where employees get a bonus or paid time off for every referral hired.
Design Attractive Compensation Packages
When you’re hiring for a position that’s entirely remote, you’re competing with companies from around the world for talent. This means that your offer has to be competitive if you want to attract the best candidates.
Research what others are offering for the same remote work and try to build a package that’s as good or better.
To up the ante, you can include things like professional development programs, extra vacation days and fully covered health insurance. One great benefit for remote workers is a membership to a coworking space.
Use Tools for Managing Work
When your staff is working remotely, you’re going to need to rely heavily on technology to ensure everyone has what they need to get the job done.
You can use tools like Slack for communication, Teamwork or another project management program to assign work and set deadlines, and a time tracking tool for employees who are on the clock.
But even with the greatest technological advancements, there will still be a human component to managing a remote team.
Set very clear guidelines on what you expect, including how often you want them to check-in (if at all). Employees should be well aware of how you will be tracking time and rules for taking time off. When everyone knows the rules, it’ll be easier to manage the team.
Remember that micromanaging is never productive, and it will take time away from your own productivity as well. So, try to strike a balance between managing and letting everyone do their jobs.
When it’s all new to you, managing a remote staff can seem overwhelming. But when you break it down to tasks, remote hiring and working can be very freeing for employers and staff.