A. How to attract remote employees
Hiring remote employees is a great way to acquire talent and skills that are scarce in your own location. The hiring of remote employees benefits both the organization and the employees by allowing them to do their jobs without relocating to a new location. But this is not as simple as it seems to
be. Attracting and hiring remote employees with good skills and efficiency is a challenging task to perform. How to go about it? Well, for starters, you would need to build strong online branding and presence. Potential employees staying around your business location may know about it, but in order to attract skilled remote employees, you need to brand online. This is why you should create informative digital web pages and social media accounts for your business. Portraying yourself as a trustworthy and employee-friendly organization will make you more approachable and attractive to prospective employees. Additionally, describing your work culture would help employees understand the workings of your organization better. Remote employees usually work as per their own schedules but you should inform them clearly of the level of flexibility you maintain in your organization. Share the success stories and ask for your existing employees’ testimonials. These stories will serve as an inspiration for people who are considering an application. If you want potential candidates to know about your remote opportunities and flexible work environment—your team culture is set up to effectively support those employees at your company—you have to make that information readily available throughout the entire candidate journey. Be as much information as possible and showcase your company’s vision, mission, and values so that the potential employees can see for themselves what they would be aligned to. Make your information visually pleasing. Visual representation has a greater impact than anything you could say. And most importantly, advertise your remote job openings on as many platforms as possible. Advertisement is an important medium to reach a large number of people
in a short time that you are looking for skilled remote employees. For this purpose, you can use job portals and social networks. When it comes to collaboration, considering time zone differences is very important. If you hire employees in a certain time zone, it’s easier to schedule a spontaneous video call or give live, real-time feedback on a project. But you can also set up processes and adopt tools that help asynchronous collaboration in order to smooth out the challenges of working cross-functionally from different parts of the globe.
B. Select the best platforms as per your requirement
The first step in a job posting is placing the open requisition on a career page on your company website. A job advertisement that is search engine optimized (SEO) and mobile-friendly allows the online search engines to index the post from the free listing services. Furthermore, there are
numerous job posting platforms. As an employer, your interaction with job posting platforms differs from those of your potential applicants. For applicants, these platforms provide an interface where they discover, learn, and apply for relevant open positions. For employers, these platforms provide the medium to advertise. Let us look at a few platforms perfect for your hunt for remote employees:
- Coding Collective(https://codingcollective.com/): Coding Collective is a marketplace for freelancers in the fields of web development, and remote work. The site helps professionals find projects, communicate with clients, and get work. The firm launched in 2019 and features remote work opportunities for every career stage. A pioneer which connects the ideal remote employee who can fit seamlessly into your working team or environment, be it on a project basis or as an extension of your own team. The firm specializes in providing a platform for candidates with strong technical problem-solving skills, expert level of understanding in their programming skill set, willingness to learn, and high-quality code & communication skills to be seen by potential companies and hired by them. They provide the best practices for businesses that do not have any experience with remote dedicated teams. This makes it easy for these businesses to see the profiles of potential employees and hire them. For the employees seeking remote opportunities, Coding Collective is the ideal platform – it’s easy to upload your resume and start applying for the ideal remote opportunity per your skill level. If you’re a new freelancer or working in a new field, you can rack up valuable experience without always having to pitch clients cold. Headquartered in Singapore, with Jogja as the developers’ hub in Indonesia, being strategically located in the region with the best IT schools. Coding Collective is a hub for bright minds and tech enthusiasts – a perfect place for your employee-to-be to hang out.
- JobStreet(https://www.jobstreet.com/): Is a Malaysian company. It was founded in 1997, and it is now Southeast Asia’s largest online employment company, according to Forbes. The company through its employment website of the same name currently serves about 80,000 corporate customers and 11 million job seekers.
- FlexJobs(https://www.flexjobs.com/): Has more than 50 job categories and freelance projects, part-time jobs, and full-time remote work.
- JobsDB(https://www.jobsdb.com/): Candidates use JobsDB to browse desired job opportunities and employers can post a job or search for candidates.
- Jobsora(https://jobsora.com/): Has several features that make it much easier for people to search.
- TechInAsia(https://www.techinasia.com/): It is a technology media company with a job posting site where employers can find some of the best techs and start-up talents in the SEA region.
- JobsCentral(https://jobscentral.com.sg/): It has an international reach that spans 60 markets with over 24 million job seekers on its roster.
- We Work Remotely(https://weworkremotely.com/): This platform claims to be the largest remote work community in the world, with more than 2.5 million monthly visitors.
- Virtual Vocations(https://www.virtualvocations.com/): A family-owned and operated website based in the U.S. The site showcases remote job listings in 41 different categories.
- JustRemote(https://justremote.co/): It provides a simple and intuitive search page that allows a candidate to quickly search through its remote job listings.
- Remote.co(https://remote.co/): The site makes it easy to search for remote work online, in categories such as data entry, teaching, and healthcare.
C. Check out referrals
The growing talent war has compelled organizations to try out innovative ways of finding potential employees from the wide competitive candidate pool. Today’s job market provides candidates opportunities where they can choose and pick their desired roles as per their eligibility and future aspirations. Referrals are a way of including the opinions of the existing employees in an organization and the experts in the market to identify and recruit quality talent. Referrals are usually more reliable
because the person referring has a reputational stake in the hiring process. Additionally, their communication with their network provides accurate knowledge about the candidate’s professional skills and capabilities, which is far more dependable than that of a recruiter. The quality of talent is high when hired through internal recruitment methods such as employee referral. For this to be effective, first you must decide when you want to use referrals to find qualified candidates. It’s also important to consider how hiring processes for that specific role have worked in the past to recruit potential employees. Whether it’s via email, a messaging app, or intranet, let your existing employees know what you’re looking for. Don’t forget to mention important details, such as the job
title of your future hire, the team they’ll be working with, their main job duties, and the skills and knowledge they need to have. After informing your existing employees, now you have to tell them how they can refer someone. Once you see interesting candidates being referred, evaluate them. Make sure they are aware they have been referred and provide feedback on their profile.
D. Decide on the key qualities and hire only for them
You’re likely already looking for folks who are responsible, empathetic, have a growth mindset, and communicate well. But are these the same qualities you should seek out when hiring for distributed teams, or completely remote positions? And how do you find this elusive remote-friendly
employees? First and foremost, you need to ask yourself whether your team will be fully remote or only part-time, work from different offices, or simply have a flexible, work-from-home schedule. If you don’t have
policies in place already, start thinking about them now. Based on your decision, you can decide whether having previous experience working remotely is a necessity. For example, if occasional remote work is more of a perk, you probably don’t need someone who’s been based out of their home office for years. But if you’re building a remote team from scratch, hiring people with remote experience first may be a good idea. To make sure your team is productive no matter what location they’re working from, make sure you choose applications that will make their jobs easier. This means considering a number of different categories of tools: video conferencing, chat, project management, file management, and more.
E. Communication is key
Effective communication is an essential tool in maintaining strong, lasting working relationships at all levels of an organization. If you’re hiring people from different countries and backgrounds, you need to be ready to invest extra time and resources into understanding where they’re coming from, their style of communication, and their approach to work and collaboration. Aligning employees with the organizational values, purpose, mission, and vision is one of the main tasks for leaders, managers, and
internal communication departments. Considering the pandemic and remote work possibilities, it may appear difficult to achieve, however, tech innovations like video conferencing, con-calls, whiteboards, and collaborative work platforms make inter-team communications, even for remote employees, easy. Additionally, organizations in which all employees are constantly connected see higher levels of productivity. When employees are not left in the dark and when they are encouraged and feel connected, they are also more like to stay longer with their employers. Remote work makes communication among employees and between employees and managers harder. Proper workplace communication can have a very positive impact on improving remote work.