Remote working is becoming more commonplace in businesses around the world. Access to high-speed internet connections means that more and more people can work from home, and this in turn means that the standard 9-5 office day is not guaranteed to remain the norm.
A recent article for HR Director looked at the challenges of hiring a remote workforce, and of the benefits that allowing staff this flexibility can offer.
While offering remote working means you are vastly widening your talent pool, when it comes to the recruitment and training stage it can be more of a challenge.
You may never meet your prospective employees in person, and your training may not meet the required standard. Making sure that the hiring process is standardised across your whole company is one way to address this. Giving everyone clearly defined role descriptions and a thorough staff handbook will also help.
Before you offer a job to anyone, you need to make sure they’ll fit in with the rest of your team even if they’re working remotely. Carrying out personality testing can be a good place to begin, and make sure you also use a reference check company.
While there are challenges to building remote teams, there are significant advantages too. Aside from the much wider talent pool, you can hire people in different timezones, which means your business can operate 24/7.
It will also reduce your costs in terms of leasing office space and research has found that those who work remotely are less likely to take time off than traditional employees.
Personnel Today recently pointed out that the most progressive companies are looking at how they can offer more employee-centric workplaces, one element of which is taking a more flexible approach to working and building teams.