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Six Tips For Working With Remote Employees

Six Tips For Working With Remote Employees

Whether you are a new business or an established one, every company was greatly impacted by the pandemic. People were told to go home and work from there. A lot of people didn’t want to give this up once the infections waned and the hysteria calmed, leaving employers with both the benefits and drawbacks of remote work.

Whatever your perspective, remote work seems here to stay. It’s better to embrace the advantage of remote work instead of complaining about the difference. Below are five tips for working with remote employees.

1. Utilize Teleconference Platforms

One of the most important things to do when you’re working with remote employees is to communicate with them. Whether you are doing your first interview or have worked together for years, retaining a healthy communication stream will make or break a business. Not only do you need to speak to your employees, but you also need to see them.

If you aren’t regularly seeing your workers, the distance grows between employer and employees. A huge part of management is regulating employees and guiding them through processes. You both need to see each other regularly to keep trust and communication free. Whether you’re just getting started hiring remote workers or have done it for years, you should utilize teleconference platforms to increase communication.

2. Hire Only the Best Person for the Job

If you are hiring remote workers, there is no reason that they shouldn’t be at the top of their field. It doesn’t matter if they’re a designer, a computer programmer, a copywriter, or something else, if location doesn’t matter then you shouldn’t settle for an employee you are not extremely confident in.

A lot of companies are struggling to hire new employees after the pandemic, but don’t give into desperation. Hiring remotely means that the person can live anywhere. If they are getting their work done and the work is both done well and on time, it doesn’t matter where the person is. When hiring for remote jobs, only hire the best.

3. Offer Mental Health Perks

Working remotely may be a dream environment for many employees. The stressful routine of waking up, eating breakfast, picking out something to wear, taking a shower, getting ready for work, and commuting to and from a job–it all vanishes!

At the same time, working from home can create an isolated environment that can affect one’s mental health. Offering anything from massages to therapy to a full-on healing/recovery environment like the one offered at Next Level Recovery could be extremely beneficial to maintaining a productive–and healthy–workforce.

4. Use Translation Services

Whether you are hiring employees in other countries or are working with a company that is based abroad, translation services will come in handy as the workforce and economy becomes more international. An app translation service can help you translate any document into dozens of languages.

These services can even localize the language for dialect and regional slang. Whether you are hiring someone who speaks English as a second language or are contracting a brilliant specialist who doesn’t speak any English at all, translation services can be a great tool for any remote work scenario where there is a language gap.  

5. Screen Social Media

When you are consistently hiring remote employees, it is a good idea to look at their social media. The way people behave online can be revealing to how they will act at work. Of course, not every person who behaves poorly on the internet will do the same in real life, but it can always provide a window into the person’s life.

If the person is involved in some unsavory ideas or activities, you could find out on these platforms. You don’t need to stalk your employees, but a quick check when you are hiring them will go a long way.

6. Check In Often

Even if you don’t have time for a video conference, you should check in with all your employees—remote or not—frequently. You will get a lot better of an idea of how the employees are working individually and together when you are checking up on them.

Saying hello, asking how they are doing, and checking up on the work they are doing will remind them that they are in fact on the clock and that getting the work done in a timely manner is important. Checking in is always important when it comes to management, but remote work increases this need.

Whether you are starting a new company that is fully remote or are still getting used to running your business with remote workers, there are a lot of opportunities to make remote work great. You need to follow up and stay on your employees. You need to communicate with them and foster a company culture without the office, but it can be done.

People typically get more work done at home anyways. The studies are clear. If you can manage employees who are stationed around the country and the world, you just might have an effective team to get the job done and grow the business. 

About Author

Catherine Cole

Catherine’s world revolves around coffee, cooking, writing, and traveling. She considers herself a coffee connoisseur of sorts and is always up for a cup of joe. When she’s not writing or cooking up a storm, you can find her trying hard to impress Cleo - her kitty, who is also the queen of her home and heart.