Ever feel like you can’t find the right recruit for that particular opening? Here’s why you should be using remote working to cherry-pick the world’s best talent.
Remote working, facilitated by fast internet speeds as well as mobile devices, is a legitimate thing. Bosses are trusting that people working away from their desks, whether it’s at home or in a café, won’t just play Clash of Clans or gawp at BuzzFeed until home time.
After all, the proof is in a person’s productivity, and a happy member of staff, whose workplace can bend when their personal life can’t, is a productive one.
All well and good, but what, you’re wondering, does it have to do with helping you gain highly qualified and capable employees? Read on.
Trusting that staff will work even if they don’t have a manager breathing down their neck means a company can free itself from normal recruitment restrictions and cast its net beyond one city, over borders and across oceans to far-away continents (cue Game of Thrones theme song).
The result is access to better-skilled workers. It can be hard to find people with the right mix of expertise and experience within the region they’re based, especially for niche industries.
Maybe there are a few people around you who know everything a carbon-based lifeform could about garden gnomes, but none that can negotiate with distributors over the phone to get them in shops. However, there’s a gal in Devon who fits the bill exactly. She can’t work from the office but she could do it remotely. Problem solved.
If you can get over any hang-ups about not being able to physically see someone working, you can have access to a much deeper pool of skilled workers to fill your vacancies and strengthen your business.
The positive point above is also the case even if you’re only able to offer the chance to work some days from home and a few at the office. It can make your company more attractive to prospective employees – meaning you could be better placed to compete for talent that values that kind of flexibility.
The prospect of less time and money spent commuting can be mighty persuasive for that person with just the right mix of knowledge and experience – particularly if your offices are in a busy city centre where parking space is expensive and a seat on public transport is rare.
But it’s not just workers who benefit; businesses benefit too. If you’ve got one fewer staff member in the office full-time, that’s less expenditure on electricity and extras like tea and coffee and there’s no need to buy a chair and desk. That’s true even if an employee only works on their lonesome a couple of days a week.
In some cases you might even be able to lease smaller, cheaper offices – or none at all. Starting to see why this whole remote working thing is pretty neat?
To ensure all of this works for your business, there are a few steps you’ll want to make to ensure a smooth ride.
It goes without saying (we’ll say it anyway) that much of your interaction with your far-away new hire will be digital. So you’ll both need an internet connection, a computer (desktop, laptop) or tablet, a phone of some sort, an appropriate email set-up, and some way to communicate visually when words and sound just won’t do.
Anyone who’s ever been part of a remote working situation will know good communication is vital. Especially in instances where there might be an office full of staff in one place and only one or two people working elsewhere.
Keeping them in the loop on all news, chats and mass emails means they know everything they need to and don’t feel excluded. If in doubt, simply pick up the phone – tone of voice can be easily misunderstood over email.
You might also want to consider using time or project management software to keep track of how much of a person’s day was spent working on particular tasks.
So, what do you say? Are you ready to let your employees explore this new office-free frontier? Better access to skilled workers, fewer costs and a happy workforce. What’s not to love?