We have talked a lot about managing remote teams. You can take a quick tour through our previous articles on managing Productivity and communication in a remote team.
Hiring talent to join a remote team is quite unlike hiring for a conventional team. Considering the fact that you will not have the opportunity to see and access your remote team members on a daily basis, you need to be extra careful when hiring.
Check out the following tips that’ll help your remote hiring process.
1. Test new employees with short-term work before hiring them full time
You don’t need to hire someone full time right off the bat. You can get a taste of working with someone by hiring them for a small project, and then when it’s completed if you’re happy move on to full-time work.
It’s important that you do move on to full-time work because if you have someone on part-time or on a temporary project, their attention will be divided. It’s quite possible they will no longer be available just when you need them most.
My experience is that staff who are working part-time eventually drop off and stop working altogether. Full-time people are relying on your company for their livelihood and are more likely to stick with you long term.
2. Pay virtual team members well
There are a lot of people who want to work virtually. Many professionals are willing to take a pay cut for the opportunity to work from home. While it’s true that you can find lower-cost team members virtually, if you pay them well, you’ll ensure that your team works hard and sticks with you for the long term.
3. Look for people who are the right fit for virtual work
Take a look at their environment at home. Do they have a quiet place to work? Are they constantly distracted by children in the house? On the other hand are they living at home by themselves and unable to get out and spend time with friends? Both distractions and isolation can be issues and it’s important to make sure that your team is happy & productive working from home.
4. Create a standard onboarding process for educating new employees about your company
If you’re hiring employees remotely then they are not going to get the same kind of “learn by watching over the shoulder” method that can happen in an office. So when you hire someone, make sure that they have a training program (videos can work well) that educates them about your company and the way that you do things. Do as much as you can to get them adjusted to your company and to learn how to perform in their role.