Have you recently closed down your office and sent all of your employees to work from home? You are not alone. Thousands of businesses across the world have done the very same thing in response to the Coronavirus pandemic.
And most of them have no intention of ever going back to office work. The home-working revolution is a positive thing, set to continue into 2021 as remote work models are now mainstream, and great for the world. It means you can broaden your horizons in terms of the people you work with.
But how do you go about hiring a remote team? And what do you need to know about leading remote teams? Here’s everything you need to know.
One of the easiest ways to hire a remote team is to network. Reach out to any old candidates you nearly gave a job to or ex-employees you enjoyed working with.
Tell them you’re looking for someone new to join your team and ask them to put the word out amongst their own contacts if they are already happy in their own job.
Speak to your friends and tell them that you’re looking for a new hire. You never know who they know and as the old saying goes you’re only ever two-degrees removed from the person you want to speak to.
Also, be sure to attend any online networking events where you can get to know new people. Remember sites like Procfo.com.au allow you to hire a virtual CFO so even senior roles are now remote.
2. Place Adverts on LinkedIn
Placing adverts on LinkedIn is important for remote team building. This is the professional network where most people looking for new jobs hang out.
Go looking for candidates with great profiles and see who they are connected with and what kind of content they are posting on their page. This can help you to get a good idea of whether they are likely to be a good candidate for you.
You can officially post your roles on the jobs page but this is likely to attract hundreds, if not thousands of applications. You might be better off seeking out people individually yourself.
3. Interview as Many Candidates as Possible
You must realize that a candidate’s CV or LinkedIn profile is only a very small part of the package. Now that you have the time and space, without having to arrange travel expenses or lengthy meetings, you must interview as many candidates as you can.
This is so you get a feel for their personality and their work ethic, more than anything else. You want someone you connect with and who will do a good job.
Adopting this approach means you can even understand the health issues of people applying for jobs in more detail and better able to accommodate them if you chose to hire them.
Hiring a Remote Team Is Great
Managing a remote team is a great experience for you and something you need to get used to. The old world of 9-5 office work is not coming back.
And in managing and hiring a remote team you can employ people you like from all around the world, without the need to worry about HR and office politics.
If you are interested in learning more about hiring a remote team, be sure to check out the rest of our site.