Remote Working Series

Tips to leading a remote team well

While companies all over the world transition to a work-from-home environment and workers grapple with their own fears and uncertainty in a response to COVID-19, your leadership has never been more crucial and defining. That is why we have compiles these tips to leading a remote team well.

How to set up a home office

Many employers concerned about security and data integrity will provide a laptop or computer to their remote workers for home office use. In addition, there are other items like office furniture, additional hardware and software packages that can be supplied. Whether or not the items are provided by the employer or by the employee, here are questions you can ask to establish if the employee has the right home office set-up to work successfully for you. It is also a helpful guide to anyone wanting to set up a home office from scratch. 

Looking after the well-being of remote employees

Having a remote workforce and implementing a flexible work policy requires leaders in organisations to intentionally consider how they will look after the well-being of remote workers. The well-being of remote workers is vital for several reasons. Firstly, remote workers are not seen on a daily basis, unless there is a daily check-in by the manager.

Maintaining your company culture in remote teams

Company culture guides the behaviours and attitudes of employees. As Frances Frei and Anne Morriss put it: “Culture guides discretionary behavior and it picks up where the employee guide leaves off.” 

 

This means that a strong company culture is especially important when the team is working remotely. 

A positive company culture results in enthusiastic, happy and productive employees leading to successful overall company performance.

Training and development of remote employees

In order for any business to grow, it needs to be able to hire and train new employees. With the move towards physical distancing and remote working, many employers ask, how do you train an employee remotely? Remote work has been one of the most notable workforce trends in recent years and in today’s digitally-advanced world, the concept of ‘office anywhere’ means more people are embracing non-traditional working habits. Training remote employees can present unique challenges for business owners, but it’s certainly possible to do it well.

How to onboard and induct remote working employees

The success of onboarding and inducting a new remote employee is essential in ensuring that the new recruit feels part of the team from the beginning and that he/she has a clear understanding of what the expectations are. The onboarding and induction should include the setting up of a virtual office, introducing the new employee to the entire team and specifying the rules of engagement.

How to conduct a successful telephone and video interview

This article explains how to conduct a successful video or telephone interview. A video interview is widely accepted as the preferred method when it comes to interviewing candidates that will be working remotely. 
 

How to recruit remote workers

Hiring remote workers widens the talent pool beyond a geographical location. It enables companies to tap into top skills nationally and globally. If a candidate is being interviewed for a remote based job, they can be interviewed via video or telephone. Read the article on how to conduct video or telephone interviews. This will give the interviewer a good understanding of how the candidate projects, using remote communication tools. 

Five company benefits of employing remote workers

The benefits for companies that employ a remote workforce are numerous and include increased productivity and decreased quit rates. In this article we explore the benefits for both  the company and the employees when given the choice to work from home or not. 

Introduction to remote working

How do you go about creating an efficient remote or work-from home work force? As remote working becomes ingrained in our daily lives, employers and employees alike are realising that many business and operational transactions can be done from home or in a remote working space. With studies revealing a 173% increase in remote workers since 2005, it demonstrates that remote working is here to stay.