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How do I hire work from home employees for a new remote company?

How do I hire work from home employees for a new remote company?

hiring remote workers

Staffing your new online company isn’t the same as hiring from a local pool of talent to work in an office. Not only do the employees need to be good at the job for which you are hiring them, they also need to fit the profile of a good work from home employee.

Not every office denizen can work from home. Many successful office employees have tried to work from home full-time and floundered. The mentality needed is different. Work from home employees not only need to be talented in the roles for which you are hiring them, they also need to be self-motivated, independent thinkers who are driven to meet deadlines and goals and not just work when they think someone is watching.

Hire experienced remote workers first, even if you have to hire from time zones further away than you had wanted or across multiple borders. Great remote workers don’t care much about 8 to 5 working hours. If your company keeps 8 to 5 hours in Pacific Time, then they’ll be there for you when you need them. When you must hire special talent who have never worked from home before, make sure they fit the self-managing, independent mold. The best remote workers have an entrepreneurial mentality that will resonate with you. Snap them up as soon as you find them.

I also advise that you don’t hold employees to standard working hours or require that they be online during your entire workday. Holding team members to the yardstick of deadlines and quantifiable goals means that they are working to reach an end result not punch a clock. The same employee who was off and on all day Monday will probably put in 12 hours on Thursday. It’s a good idea to have remote employees log time, especially for projects but judge results before judging daily hour totals.

This leads me to hiring managers. When you get to this point, keep in mind that work from home managers not only need to be solid and reliable remote employees just like the talent placed underneath them, they also need to have experience managing a distributed workforce.

Throwing an career office manager into a role managing a team of work from home professionals is a sure-fire recipe for mutiny and disaster. Great work from home managers are almost unicorns and when you find a good one, don’t let them go. They will allow you to scale your remote company beyond the level where others have failed.

Along with advising companies on remote workforce and work from home success strategies, I also run regular webinars to help aspiring remote workers land the best work from home jobs from anywhere without previous experience. Add your email below to receive an alert message before the next webinar fills up.

Advice/Managing a remote workforce

How Do You Pick Remote Work Tools That Scale

How Do You Pick Remote Work Tools That Scale

How to pick scalable remote team tools

By Guest Author: Erin MacDonald

As any company grows, it requires the right set of software tools that can keep up. Remote working companies are no exception.

Staying organized and being able to communicate is key within a growing distributed team and if you don’t have the right technology, growing pains can escalate into something a lot worse. While your current software tools may be sufficient now, how can you be sure they will be up to the task three years from now?

Advice/Advice for Work From Home Warriors & Wannabees/Guest Articles/Managing a remote workforce

Benefits of Working from Home in a Telecommuting World

Benefits of Working from Home in a Telecommuting World

The remote world in your hand

By Guest Author: Karalyne Blevins

As the working community continues to evolve and grow, more opportunities arise for workers and employers. A remote job can offer many benefits that accommodate you and focus on the individual needs required to motivate you to reach your highest potential. Whether you’re searching for employees or looking for work, a telecommuting lifestyle can change your career for the better.

Advice/Managing a remote workforce

The Two Biggest Challenges of a Remote Workforce

The Two Biggest Challenges of a Remote Workforce

Remote workforce challenges

I make my living working from home as both an exec in a company with a 100% distributed international workforce and as an entrepreneurial cheerleader for converting companies to virtual workforces. I am often asked about the benefits of a remote workforce and I can literally talk for hours about them. However, let’s be frank about the two biggest challenges.

Advice/Managing a remote workforce

Do Millennials Make Good Remote Employees?

Do Millennials Make Good Remote Employees?

Do Millennials Make Good Remote Employees?

As someone who has hired plenty of professionals to work remotely, I try never to stereotype about anything. As for the business and marketing sector’s habit of pigeonholing people into generational groups, I try avoid it by never guess about an applicant’s age based on when they graduated, how long their professional career extends back through time, etc. I want to know how well you can do the job I need done, not whether you remember who the Human League was or if you have only known a world with Facebook.

Advice/Advice for Work From Home Warriors & Wannabees/Managing a remote workforce

Don’t let your team feel lonely

Don’t let your team feel lonely

Working from home will put a smile on your face

Recently I was asked how I help my remote team members from feeling isolated. This is part and parcel to the strategies involved with creating a company culture for work from home teams. After you get to the end of this gripping 3 minute article, check out my other articles for reasons why company culture is important for all companies with remote workforces and how to nurture it. 

Here’s how I help my team keep loneliness at bay.