5 Tips for Hiring Remote Workers
Remote work has become more popular and more feasible for many businesses, especially in the wake of the pandemic. However, hiring remote workers can pose some unique challenges and require some different strategies than hiring in-person employees. Here are five tips to help you find, attract, and retain the best remote talent for your company.
1. Define your remote work policy and expectations clearly.
Before you start looking for remote workers, you need to have a clear idea of what remote work means for your company. How flexible are the hours? How often do you expect communication and collaboration? What tools and platforms do you use to manage remote work? How do you measure performance and productivity? These are some of the questions you need to answer and communicate to potential candidates, so they know what to expect and whether they are a good fit for your remote culture.
2. Use online platforms and networks to source remote candidates.
Finding remote workers can be tricky, since they may not be in your local area or even in your country. That’s why you need to leverage online platforms and networks that specialize in connecting remote workers with employers. For example, you can use job boards like FlexJobs, Remote.co, or We Work Remotely to post your remote job openings and reach a global pool of qualified candidates. You can also use social media platforms like LinkedIn, Twitter, or Facebook to promote your remote opportunities and network with remote workers in your industry.
3. Conduct video interviews and assessments to evaluate remote skills.
Once you have a shortlist of remote candidates, you need to conduct video interviews and assessments to evaluate their skills and suitability for remote work. Video interviews can help you get a sense of the candidate’s personality, communication style, and professionalism, as well as their motivation and interest in working remotely. Assessments can help you test the candidate’s technical skills, problem-solving abilities, and work ethic, as well as their proficiency in using remote tools and platforms. You can use tools like Zoom, Microsoft Teams, or Google Meet for video interviews, and tools like Codility, HackerRank, or TestGorilla for assessments.
4. Offer competitive compensation and benefits for remote workers.
To attract and retain the best remote workers, you need to offer competitive compensation and benefits that match or exceed the market rates and expectations. Compensation should take into account the cost of living, taxes, and currency exchange rates of the candidate’s location, as well as their skills, experience, and performance. Benefits should include health insurance, retirement plans, paid time off, and other perks that support the well-being and productivity of remote workers. You can use tools like PayScale, Glassdoor, or Remote.co to research and compare compensation and benefits for remote workers. Kinsa Group’s annual Salary Guide also offers a US national median and range for over 150+ professional and executive-level job titles in the food industry.
5. Provide ongoing support and feedback for remote workers.
Hiring remote workers is only the first step; you also need to provide ongoing support and feedback to help them succeed and grow in their roles. Support can include providing regular communication and collaboration opportunities, offering training and development programs, creating a sense of community and belonging, and recognizing and rewarding achievements. Feedback can include setting clear goals and expectations, providing constructive criticism and praise, conducting performance reviews, and soliciting feedback from the remote workers themselves. You can use tools like Slack, Trello, or Asana for communication and collaboration, tools like Udemy, Coursera, or Skillshare for training and development, tools like Bonusly, Kudos, or Lattice for recognition and rewards, and tools like 15Five, Culture Amp, or SurveyMonkey for feedback.
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