Remote work is big right now and for good reason. Technology has made the conventional office setting less necessary than ever before. A staff doesn’t need to be in the same building, city, or even country to collaborate anymore.
But just because something can be done doesn’t necessarily mean that it should be done. There are benefits to having a staff of remote employees. Namely, it broadens your talent pool considerably.
But there are also some pitfalls. Things that you need to look out for. Finding the balance between doing it right and doing it wrong can be tricky.
That in mind, today we will look at the dos and don’ts of remote work.
The hiring process is a little bit different when building a remote team. Namely because this employee is going to have a little bit more responsibility than someone that would be working in the same space as you.
The average hiring process length (according to Glassdoor) takes 22 days. However, when you are hiring someone that you might never meet in person, you might want to feel free to take a little bit longer. Taking the time to get to know them will be well worth it.
Do: Use a Multi-Phase Hiring Strategy
The flip side of don’t rush is to take your time, right? Spend some time with your candidates on the phone, and via video chats. It is ok to scrutinize them a little bit more than you might a different candidate.
Hiring the right person matters, so feel free to be choosy.
Do: Take Advantage of Communication Technologies
Once you hire a remote staff, you will want to be as in contact with them as possible. These days, there are lots of ways to do this. Slack, Google Docs, Skype, and Trello are all easy to use collaborative programs that are also easy to use.
There are lots of other programs out there as well, so you shouldn’t have trouble finding something that works for you.
Don’t: Overdo the Meetings
It can be tempting to want to arrange constant meetings as a way to compensate for the lack of face to face time. Try not to if you can help it?
Why? No staff works very well under micro management. If you were careful during the hiring process, it will mean that your staff is capable and trustworthy. Let them do their thing.
Meetings and feedback can always be used as needed, but for the most part, try to treat this team the same way you would any other.
Do: Create a Sense of Community
Remote workers are usually pretty self-driven, but the benefits of having a “workplace” community are still valuable.
If you can get your remote staff to meet in the real world, that is great. It isn’t always possible though. You can still build a company culture remotely. Incorporating a social, or less formal aspect into the team could be all it takes to make your remote staff feel like more of a community.
Utilizing remote teams is very doable. You just need to be a little bit clever about it. With the right approach, you can absolutely make use of talent from all over the world.