In our post-pandemic world, remote work is in high demand from candidates. Many organizations now recognize the benefits this flexible work environment provides. These benefits are increasing in a variety of ways. While migrating through this workforce change, it's important to identify strategies that can make a remote workforce successful. Let’s explore four tips that will ensure your success when hiring remote team members.
The important thing is the expectations must be clear. Working from home makes it much harder to separate work time from personal time. Dan Springer, CEO of DocuSign, states “I encourage all our employees to have a disciplined schedule for when you will work, and when you will not, and to stick to that schedule.”
A good tip for managing remote workers is to set the proper expectations for remote work for each position. Some remote positions still have strict hours when employees must be available. An example would be that remote workers maintain a 9:00 am to 5:00 pm schedule. Other positions may have scheduling flexibility and require work to be completed in a certain time frame. Remote employees in this category must have exceptional time management skills.
Other expectations include skillset, position responsibility, and company culture. The idea of remote work is popular, but the definitions can vary. If you want success, be clear about the position, the culture and what success in the role looks like.
2.National Pay Scales
One of the main benefits of remote work environments is an organization's ability to not only recruit from its community but also from across the nation. This exponentially increases the candidate pool. While this is positive, the salary requirements across the country may vary depending on cost of living, talent in the candidate's region and skillset. This can benefit the organization in a very positive way if it is well informed on pay scales across the country in conjunction with their budget for the position.
Communication is one of the main staples for hiring successfully and managing a remote work environment. Remote teams may be in different time zones as well as locations. A well-thought-out communication plan that includes various channels as well as scheduled check-ins can make a big difference. Lack of communication can lead to misunderstandings, things taken out of context, or team members feeling left out of the loop.
Engagement in a virtual work environment is a critical part of its long-term success. Also, it must be intentional. The organization must have a robust interviewing and onboarding process for remote workers to feel connected with the organization. The more team members that can be a part of the process the more successful it will be. This also helps build a strong relationship with your team. Continuing that relationship and garnering a feeling of connection and support from the leadership can promote longer tenure.
Building a remote company culture can be challenging. However, done with intention, remote work can be extremely successful and innovative. It not only allows for the organization to spread its wings, but it also allows for work-life balance and an opportunity to build an extremely talented workforce across the nation.
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