In today’s online workplaces, the number of remote workers is surging. Whether from home, shared workspace or a satellite office, Australia is seeing more people join the remote work industry.

Remote workers offer benefits like reduced overheads and increased productivity for employers. For candidates, it offers flexibility and work-life balance.

However, it is important to know that not everyone is cut out to be a remote worker. Whether one can get work done without someone looking over your shoulder is a big question. During the interview process, it is crucial to assess the candidate for skills and traits that may otherwise not be present in your regular recruitment process.

Here are 4 things to keep in mind while hiring remote workers:

  • Communication Skills – Since there are no colleagues sitting side by side, it is important to have proficient communication skills for success. Ask the candidate how they solved team communication challenges previously. Assess how they would ask for help.
  • Previous Experience – Having a prior experience is ideal. They know what to expect will understand the challenges. Don’t limit it to work experience, completing online courses or education is a positive sign.
  • Awareness – Ask the candidate what their concerns with the role being remote might be. The potential problem and its solution should be discussed in detail. Also discuss how they would ask for assistance and share feedback or progress within the team.
  • Expectation Setting – Set personal routines or boundaries, hours of work, any exceptions, how the candidate would like feedback and set some clear goals.

Remote workers need be to someone who can be successful with independence and remain productive and engaged in virtual environments.

It is your company’s responsibility to find people who can be successful in remote working and manage them appropriately. Setting up infrastructures and systems in place along with ensuring appropriate training is crucial. Remember to check their working environments are setup well and they are aware of the workplace health and safety requirements, just as if they were working for in your physical office.

Any new person joining your team will have a settling in phase, spend a little extra time in the beginning working out the best communication and you will find they will fit in far quicker.

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