1. Today, employers are finding that many employees would rather quit their job than give up work-from-home privileges. As a result, companies need to adapt to the flexible work revolution. You need to adopt a remote-friendly team structure to remain competitive and attract top talent.
2. In findings published by Reuters, there is a growing consensus that future work culture will be remote-first (often known as having a ‘virtual workforce‘); while experiencing a different set of expectations from their managers.
3. With industries such as emerging technology and software forecast to grow by 104% and 50%, respectively, this presents a challenge for employers to find and retain top talent. In response to the increasing demand to fill complex technical roles, recruiters and employers are opting to fill these positions remotely, thus, taking advantage of a remote-first culture.
Why should your company hire remotely?
While many workers are tempted by the ‘Great Resignation’ among their peers and have decided they don’t want to return to an office, your company can use this fact to its advantage: By hiring remotely, you can access the best talent, unique skill sets, and regional expertise worldwide. Furthermore, when you hire remotely, you can build more diverse teams that can contribute to moving your company forward.
We consider the disadvantages and the benefits when you hire remotely below:
What are the benefits for a company in hiring remotely?
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What are the disadvantages when you hire remotely?
Hiring remotely is not all ‘upsides’: There are challenges that go along with the benefits. Some of the potential disadvantages of hiring remotely include:
Major companies that hire remotely
- SAP’s headquarters is in Newton Square, Pennsylvania. Its industry is enterprise software, and it is hiring paid search strategists and recruiting software engineers.
- CVS Health’s headquarters is in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. It is a health care company, and the remote workers it seeks are clinical pharmacists, senior informatics consultant leads, and pharmacy technicians.
- Dell is based in Round Rock, Texas. It is a technology company and is seeking remote workers who are outside sales product specialists and account executives.
FlexJobs saw a 12% increase in remote job listings in 2021 over 2020, with notable growth in accounting and finance, as well as HR, recruiting and social media roles that can be done partially or entirely from home. Nearly 30% of listings are for jobs at a manager or senior level.
How to train a new hire remotely
Effective remote onboarding is critical for companies to retain talented team members and achieve long-term success. Studies indicate that up to 20% of staff turnover happens within the first 45 days of employment.
The first step in the remote onboarding process starts with ‘pre-boarding’. As an employer, ensure that before your new employees’ first day, they’re up-to-speed on your company policies, as well as the steps involved in their role.
Prioritizing onboarding programs can improve employee retention, particularly those programs that emphasize a company’s commitment to advancing employees’ careers.
In your training process, let your new team members know what the company expects of them. Schedule check-ins at a regular time.
If you decide to bring your remote team to headquarters for an all-hands meeting, allow for the fact that remote workers will need time and extra care to assimilate. In between the business meetings, schedule some down time when workers can get to know each other in a casual setting, such as playing softball or going on a picnic.
Top sites for companies hiring remotely
There are a handful of websites you should regularly visit when you want to expand your remote workforce. Two of the most popular sites for hiring remotely include:
- Weworkremotely.com, which boasts the largest remote work community in the world, with over 3 million visitors. It lists dozens of salaried opportunities across many fields. Many exciting new start-ups post here, but you’ll find more established companies, too. Some industries include programming, customer support, management, design, and marketing.
- Flexjobs.com, which has been active since 2007 and lists hybrid, remote and flexible jobs. It has one of the largest databases of part-time, full-time, and temporary remote jobs. It selects legitimate opportunities across more than 100 industries.
Horizons can help you hire remotely
Many companies prefer to hire an international employment firm, like Horizons, when they wish to hire remotely. Horizons is experienced with hiring globally and can address all the tax and legal issues involved with your hires.
If you need our assistance with hiring a global workforce, please do not hesitate to contact us today.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Does remote hiring lead to better candidates?
When you hire remotely, you are not just canvassing candidates in your local area but around the world. The scope and range of candidates that you can reach means that you can hire better-quality employees. Your business can scale up or down, with on-demand specialists and remote workers. As, Greg Heilers, co-founder of Jolly, put it: Your team spans multiple time zones, enabling a better coverage of vulnerable assets, quicker response time to clients, and more around-the-clock progress on projects.”
Do candidates prefer an in-house or remote hiring experience?
The Washington Post reported that pre-pandemic, in an August 2019 survey,62 percent of respondents said they would rather interview in-person, for the obvious reasons: They stated in-person is the only way to judge a potential opportunity truly, it’s easier to connect with the interviewer, and the chances of technical difficulties are high in a virtual interview.
But in a March 2021 study, 41 percent of hiring managers said they were adopting a hybrid approach to interviews from now on, with 23 percent planning to go fully virtual. Virtual interviews are less time-consuming, allow hiring managers to access a wider pool of candidates, and — given the rise in fully remote positions — may allow candidates to be evaluated in the environment where they will ultimately work.