of Remote Employees
No matter what industry you’re in,
finding the right talent is a challenge.
Hiring remote team members may be the answer
to finding the talent your organization needs, but beware:
all workers are not created equal when it comes to being remote.
There are seven traits a successful remote employee must possess.
What should you look for?
Ability to work alone
Open-office environments are popular, but they don’t work for everyone. In fact, 58 percent of high-performing employees report that they need more privacy for problem-solving.
A successful remote employee is someone who can maximize their productivity in a more private working environment and thrives when working alone.
of high-performing employees report that they need more privacy for problem-solving
Positive remote work experience
Today, 63 percent of companies say they have remote workers. When hiring for a remote position, find out about a candidate’s experience with remote work. Do they like working alone? What challenges have they experienced? Have they already succeeded as a remote worker? The answers to these questions will help inform how successful they could be as a remote employee for your organization.
Comfort communicating about challenges
Team dynamics can be complicated in person, but they can be even more difficult if a workgroup is dispersed. When remote members of a team encounter challenges, 84% say they don’t address it for a few days or more, while 47% let it continue for weeks. Make sure your remote team members are comfortable communicating about the good as well as the bad. Otherwise those suppressed conflicts can turn ugly.
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Aptitude for creating relationships
Having friends at work has a significant impact on engagement; 60% of employees say they would be more likely to stay with a company if they had more friends. Hire people who possess an aptitude for building relationships at a distance, and make sure you have processes in place to reinforce a strong sense of connection throughout your employee network.
For a successful remote engagement, workers need tech skills and easy access to the system support. Unfortunately, 38% of remote workers say they don't receive the technical support they need. If you’re hiring remote workers, put the right systems in place to reinforce productivity and security for virtual work.
Appreciation for what remote work offers
Employees say they receive many benefits from remote work, including reduced stress from commuting (70%), minimal office politics (69%), and a quieter noise level (62%). If you want to retain satisfied employees, hire remote workers who understand and appreciate the benefits of this working arrangement.
62% of employees have a quieter work space when working remotely.
69% of employees say they experience minimal office politics from remote work.
70% of employees say they have reduced stress from commuting as a result of remote work.
Access to competent managers
In general, people (specifically 56%) believe that supervising a remote workforce requires a manager to adapt their approach. Set your dispersed teams up for success by training and equipping managers to lead teams, regardless of location.
How do you hire and manage remote workers?
Hiring remote workers is only half of the equation. Once hired, those workers have to be managed, and doing that is no easy task. Yes, you need to hire the right kind of people who can work remotely. You also need managers who are experienced at managing employees who are remote. But you also need partners who have the legal and regulatory knowledge needed to help you manage a remote team as well as give you the visibility you need to do it efficiently.
To learn more about how an Employer of Record like iWorkGlobal can help you manage a remote workforce, check out our ebook, Top 7 Strategies for Managing Remote Workers.