Hiring Staff Remotely

Hiring Staff Remotely

 

Gone are the days where your staff all live in the same suburb, state or even country. With the pool of potential applicants becoming bigger, how do you narrow this down and make sure you are being as efficient as possible when picking your next team member?

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Detailed Job description

By setting up your standard of what commitments, skill set and minimum requirements are for the role; you have already eliminated resumes that don’t fit the criteria.

Being clear and concise with what you are looking for is an easy way of making sure you attract the right candidate. Its important that everything is clear about the position, the benefits of the job or even working with your company so there are no questions left unanswered. Applicants should know what they are applying for and confident that this is a role that might suit them.

Preparation for interviews

Not only does the applicant need to prepare, you do too! Make sure you have pre-set questions you plan to ask in the interview, key points you want to know.

Each interview is streamlined and there are no distractions along the way. Having a list of essential experiences and skills to tick off can also help the next step of elimination.

Removing unnecessary steps

A huge part of hiring an employee is all the back and forth. What if you could skip this?

You could save time on multiple candidate interviews if you can pre-qualify the specifics you are looking for. Some companies even ask you to complete a test.

Necessary Tools and resources

As a company, being organised with your resources and assets. If you are hiring someone, make sure you know what they need or are required to have for the role. For example, if you know they need a laptop to be able to do multiple presentations at other workplaces, you can either confirm they have this in the prequalification stage or ensure you will be able to provide one during the on-boarding process.

Ensuring your training can be done remotely. Whether you have resources online or they can be sent to the employee. Being prepared for these scenarios makes the process more streamline.

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Staff Retention Strategies

Staff Retention Strategies

Our employees are one of the most important aspects of our business, they are the face of the brand, the helpful voice on the phone and the cogs in your business.   But what happens when a staff member leaves?

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What usually happens is that we scramble to find a replacement quickly.   When we do this, sometimes we don’t choose the right person for the job, who is a good fit for the company.

Game Plan

Have a game plan in place so that, on the off-chance that this happens that you are prepared.   Be open and honest with your team and ask for their help.  Brainstorm about a workable plan and implement it.

Retaining Staff

Staff want to feel appreciated, renumerated and feel like they have space to grow! Please see our top tips below:

  1. A potential career path

Employees want to know they have a future with your company.  By regularly sitting down and discussing or setting goals to achieve and how to achieve them can be a huge factor in keeping staff motivated to stay. Invest in your staff!

  1. Recognition

Staff appreciate when their employers, leaders and managers notice their contributions! Make sure this is genuine. Not out of obligation. If every member was staff member of the month – it would lose its value!

  1. Having a culture of freedom

No one likes to be micromanaged. If you hire someone to do a job and they have completed their training – let them flourish.

Trust that they will do the job to their best capacity. Give them some autonomy and watch them thrive in the workplace with their own innovative ideas.

  1. Clear Communication

This is probably the most important aspect of a workplace. The foundation of great engagement with staff. This can be improved with regular staff surveys, feedback on ideas and initiatives.

Offering open communication and opinions can help grow your business more than you know!

If your staff feel confident in their position and that their voice is heard of course they will stay. Feeling like a part of a team not just a staff member only encourages team motivation and loyalty.

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Managing Remote Staff

Managing Remote Staff

So many changes have taken place over the last year that has meant that a lot of people are now working from home.   A lot of businesses had little experience of what this would entail.

We have learned a lot and now we are better equipped to recruit, employ and manage staff that are working remotely more efficiently.

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This article looks at areas that should be considered when managing staff remotely.

Set expectations early and regularly

Provide guidelines, set boundaries and reviewing the basics are important for each project. Keep policies, staff changes, successes all up to date within your team.

Make sure the expectations of work hours and responding to any after-hours emails and texts have been set.  Ensuring work life balance is kept is key.  

Be organised and flexible

Work hours can be flexible. The joys of hiring remotely often means that the 9-5 job role doesn’t exist. If someone decides to do their hours in the morning or at night; it doesn’t matter. As long as the job is completed and they are fulfilling their role.

Track Progress

Provide a work schedule, have the staff member provide a list of tasks they expect to be able to complete. Use timing and tracking software or programs on computers if you think this is better. Just because you cant see someone working in a cubicle, doesn’t mean its not getting done. Trust the process.

Communication

Stay in touch with your staff. Advise of deadlines, resources, current challenges and expectations. Consider which form of communication works best for your teams culture. Emails, Video calls, texts or group chats? Frequency of communication may also change. Try and find a balance in constant communication and radio silence.

Listen

Always remember to listen.  “The most successful managers are good listeners, communicate trust and respect, inquire about workload and progress without micromanaging, and err on the side of over-communicating,” said Justin Hale a training designer and researcher at VitalSmarts, a leadership training company in Provo, Utah.

Be available

Many workers may feel disconnected and isolated in this new work arrangement. So build connections with employees. Have casual catch ups in the week – video calls over lunch. Best thing to happen over the weekend? Ask in the Monday meeting. What ever helps maintain normality and a normal workplace environment.  This all helps with you being more approachable.  Make time for your team.

Resist the urge to micro manage

Regular one on one checks ins should be enough. No need to be in constant communication. You get to stay on the pulse and ensure you can provide feedback without going over the top.

Celebrate success

Look for ways to celebrate milestones that would be celebrated in the office! Birthdays, length of employment, recognition for their work. Personalised videos, group chats and video calls. All this contributes to staff feeling appreciated – even if from afar.

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Navigating Workplace Culture

Navigating Workplace Culture

Workplace culture is about the environment you work in.   We all come with our own belief systems, attitudes and assumptions so using those attributes is the key to fitting in.

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An organisation also has its own unique leadership and strategic management style that influences what the culture is like.  This also may affect the recruiting strategy of the company.

Create core values

These should be clear and understood by all.   Once employees know the core values of the company they have a structure to work to.  It can also help them feel they are part of the organisation. 

Encourage collaboration and communication

A vital aspect of the leadership and management style is to encourage teamwork, and open communication.  Feedback should be welcomed and social interaction instigated via coffee mornings, or team meet-ups.

Explore an inclusive work environment

All employees want to be valued and supported.  A level playing field for all employees to strive for is the key to success.  It’s about being welcomed and accepted.

Goals & Rewards

When employees are motivated, engaged and treated equally, this leads to them feeling valued and creates a positive workplace environment.  It can also be rewarding for the employee and the company and rewards may not necessarily be monetary.

Positivity

Being surrounded by positivity, fostering open and honest communication and support is key to creating a positive workplace environment that is good for everyone’s health and well-being.

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