7 Essential Tips For Hiring Top Remote Employees (Who Fit)

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Hiring Remote Employees

Whether it’s allowing remote work on certain days every week, opening up a few roles to remote working, or setting up 100% remote teams, companies of all sizes are exploring the “remote work” style.

Access to better talents, a cut on costs, and improved productivity make building a remote workforce appealing to employers. And candidates, on the other hand, love the flexibility, autonomy, and the better work-life balance that comes with remote working.

You’ll be surprised to know that about 43% of U.S. workers are already working remotely to some degree (with the number only expected to grow!), and a whopping 86% of people believe they’d be less stressed in a flexible job.

But hiring remote employees — it doesn’t matter if it’s for a single role or a full workforce — needs a different approach. You’re not just looking for the right job skills, but also for the overall suitability in a remote working environment.

So if you are looking at remote hiring, here are seven tips to equip you for making great remote hires! But first, let’s quickly tip into some of the top pros and cons of remote work:

Higher productivity: Many case studies show how remote teams that stick to a schedule are more productive than in-house teams.Distractions: While even offices aren’t free of distractions, remote work can be full of them. In fact, it’s one of the top complaints remote employees report.
Bigger talent pool: Not being bound by a geographical location means your talent search is virtually worldwide, giving you access to talent a traditional in-house role would never get you.Potential security issues: Right from the safety of the devices your remote workers use to the wifi networks they connect to, security and access can be a problem.
Lower costs: With a remote team, there are some obvious savings such as the money you’d have to spend on maintaining office infrastructure. Hiring remotely also means you can somewhat adjust the salaries according to the cost-of-living standards of the candidates’ cities/countries.Limited facetime: Managing the physical and cultural distances among your remote employees can be challenging given that you all get only limited facetime with each other.

The many advantages of remote hiring
clearly outweigh the negatives and are the reason why so many companies rely on talent in so many different parts of the world for even their most critical business operations. From sales, marketing, accounts, and development to customer service, businesses are looking at remote hiring for every imaginable role.

So let’s now see how you can perfect the art of hiring great remote employees and build winning remote-first teams.

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