With many of the largest high-tech companies in the world, such as Facebook, attributing a lot of their success and productivity to their colossal remote employee workforce, you cannot help but desire to have a strong remote team of your own. Having a productive global remote workforce allows you to be able to expand your search for talent from national to international. Remote employees if managed and fostered correctly, can also create more inclusivity and loyalty within your team and internationalise your business at an earlier stage.
The answer is plain and simple: Yes! Hiring remote employees will not only broaden your company’s talent pool but allow you to have a diverse and committed workforce.
As previously stated, hiring remote employees allows you to widen your access to talent from all across the world. The talent pool and remote work jobs that you have the access to can be much more diverse with people from different races, religions and disabilities meaning that your company is now more inclusive and as a consequence, will attract even more talent from all walks of life.
Hiring remote employees also means that your company is not tied down to a specific location. This means that your chances of hiring employees who identify with your vision are greatly increased.
Hiring remote employees can mean that you can spend less on offices and overhead costs.
Employee satisfaction and turnover is an important factor in the growth and productivity of your company. Hiring remote employees is beneficial to your company as 95% of surveyed employees have said that remote work has a high impact on employee retention. It has also been said that ⅔ of employees would take another job to prevent commuting.
Working remote is awesome but is also not for everyone. Here are some key non exclusive qualities to scout for when hiring a remote employee:
As the employee will not be in the same physical office space with you, it is imperative that the employee takes ownership and initiative when completing a task. A remote employee must be able to understand your visions and goals and, therefore, should be able to complete a task with this in mind.
A remote employee must be able to manage their responsibilities efficiently. Your remote employee should be able to complete their assigned tasks without over working or missing crucial deadlines.
Experience with using technology and digital tools
Tech support will not always be easily accessible for a remote employee who is based in a different continent. This being said, your remote employee must be experienced with the technology at their disposal in order to avoid time being wasted or being unable to communicate with fellow co-workers.
A healthy and cohesive workforce is crucial for a successful company. It is important that your remote employees are able to work collaboratively with other remote and onsite employees on assigned tasks to ensure they are completed to a high standard.
Having a great remote-first interview process to determine if a potential job candidate has the qualities to be successful as a remote employee is really important.
Here are some of the ways these companies carry out their interviews with remote employees:
The last one is a great one as we need to remember that remote employees should not only be great independent contributors but at the end of the day, also effective communicators in the setting of your company.
At Omnipresent, we try a combination of these methods by providing an online task to present at the interview to understand how well the potential candidates are able to manage asynchronous and sometimes vague online instructions. This also helps us to understand how well potential candidates are able to manage time, expectations and quality of work.
Don't forget to cross your candidate's experience and references and do your own due diligence for senior hires, especially if they had been remote in any of their previous roles.
There are some complexities to consider when hiring remotely that need to be navigated:
This can be confusing when your workforce is situated all over the globe, employees need their salary tracked and to arrive on a regular schedule. It can be a long winded process to send off employees payrolls individually.
All countries have different rules and regulations on taxes paid by employers. Some countries have multiple tax authorities which all require different rates.
Many countries require an employer to provide pension payments to the employee. This causes complications as different countries operate differently regarding benefits and pensions.
There are a host of local laws and regulations that you need to follow depending on the country and the remote employee’s profile and characteristics.
You may be thinking that tax, payroll and benefits makes hiring remotely too complicated but this isn't the case.
By using a professional employment organisation or PEO such as Omnipresent, you can enjoy all the benefits hiring remotely has to offer without worrying about the complexities. Omnipresent helps to employ remote staff, handles all the intricacies of local and cross border payments, and ensures your remote team has access to all the benefits they require no matter where they are based.
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