If you’re looking for someone who can respond fairly quickly to situations that are subject to frequent change, hiring someone whose working hours totally clash with your own may not be the best idea. Look to rank the qualities you desire in a prospective remote employee, and then narrow your search accordingly - if what you need is mostly written work that isn’t subject to much change, then its’ likely you don’t never to have your working hours overlap. Setting expectations and clarifying your requirements when it comes to when work is submitted and when it will be reviewed is another essential component of this, as communication becomes crucial when working with remote employees.
Despite difficult time differences, it makes a world of a difference to schedule check-ins with an employee who’s working remotely. Not only does this impact morale and allow them to feel in the loop with whats going on in the office, it also gives you the chance to check how they’re getting along with their work, assess if they seem to require support, and get them to engage more creatively with what they want to see develop within their own role.
If you want to sustain a relationship with an employee working remotely and are worried about the competitiveness of compensation, adding certain perks to the job may be a nice way of supplementing their regular pay. Co-founder of Crazy Egg, Neil Patel, suggests anything from a comfortable office chair to store credit for bookstores - these will incentivise your employees and also most probably work in your favour in terms of boosting the quality of their work!
If you’re in the testing stages of trying to hire more remote employees, it can be well worth considering using contracts instead of a full-time offer of employment to keep things flexible and open for both your company and your new hire. Most remote workers prefer this kind of flexibility anyway, and contracts are less expensive for your business to produce, all while giving you the chance to test out whether this new system of working is conducive to a productive working environment.
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