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5 Simple Tips for Motivating Remote Employees

5 Simple Tips for Motivating Remote Employees

5 Simple Tips for Motivating Remote Employees

 

A cold hard truth that one needs to understand to have engaged employee- You need to be an engaged manager first. There is a concept called, the world is your mirror. Whatever is reflecting you from your external world is due to the result of something that is going on within you. So if you are finding that your employees are not engaged in your team, in your company, then it has something to do with a lack of potential engagement from within yourself. 

Hence, if you were, to be honest with yourself, can you say that you are fully engaged as a manager everyday hundred percent of the time? 

If you look around, there would be hints here and there that show lack of engagement within yourself. It should be no surprise that there is a lack of participation in your employees as well. 

 Motivating remote work team just like motivating internal work team is the greatest thing you can do to drive home productively.

 

  • DETERMINE THE TYPE OF WORK

 

Motivating a remote or outsourced work team is not the same as driving an in-house team. Firstly, it is essential to determine what type of work you are collaborating on. If it’s a quantitative work based on per unit either per minute of audio transcribed or leaves gathered, you are going to pay them on a per unit basis. This way your costs are directly correlated with their outputs. If it’s more of a qualitative project make sure you have clear instructions and expectations and deadlines at the outset and then go ahead and pay per hour or per month of work delivery.

 

  • SET CLEAR EXPECTATIONS

 

During the hiring process, it is essential to discuss what to expect from your employees. Be sure to cover hours of availability, communication expectations, including responsiveness to emails and phone calls. The employee must understand their work responsibilities and how their products will be measured.

 

Also, decide on what kind of non-monetary rewards you want to give your team. Set up challenges and reward them. The award may not be just money but, it may be any value that offers a feeling of recognition.

 

  • ENGAGE OFTEN

 

To ensure that your remote employees feel like an essential part of your team, you must engage them. Be in contact with your staff daily via phone calls, email, or other channels. Be sure to include them in the weekly staff meeting. Also, plan individual phone calls with each remote employee to see how things are going on on a personal level, and to make sure there are no obstacles in their way. 

Make sure that you FaceTime using both audio and video. A lot of people treat their teams like they treat their computers. Get on Skype video chat with them and have a general conversation about how they are doing in their life, as you would do with a regular employee in the office. Also, if you have the time and money, it is excellent if you can make a trip out to your remote work team to boost the teams’ morale.

 

  • PROVIDE RELIABLE TOOLS

 

Today, the technology is so advanced we can work from almost anywhere in the world seamlessly. The following apps could be beneficial: 

  • Zoom or Skype for conference calls or video meetings.
  • Trello for project management.
  • Evernote app is excellent for sharing business and meeting notes with others.
  • Zixmail is a superb tool to transport sensitive data over the internet. The HR professionals are required to protect the data of their employees. This tool ensures that everything is encrypted, secure, and they are compliant.

These are a few apps that are in use, mostly. Many other apps might work great for you and your company.

 

  • TRUST YOUR TEAM
TRUST YOUR TEAM

 

When you manage a remote team, you have to trust that each person is working towards your shared goals. Focus more on the results and the quality of their work endless on what they are doing at any moment. As their leader, you must behave in a way that shows you trust your team to do their jobs well. They will likely live up to your expectations.

 

BONUS TIP: During the group calls to add a unique “what’s going on” topic to your agenda. This conversation will help each person to briefly discuss non-work-related activities such as graduations, family trips, or their grandchildren. It will encourage personal connections between your team members, and everyone will benefit from that.

 

About Shweta

I am a solo mom of two beautiful angels. I have worked remotely for several years now, and it has been an extremely positive experience both for the companies I worked with and for myself. 

Great work can be rendered from anywhere, and you are most creative and productive when your people and your surroundings inspire you. At Remotepanda it has been a life changing experience with a group of interesting people. I am an experienced back-office virtual assistant with experience in building a complete back-office process from scratch and run it.

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Top 4  Engagement Ideas & Activities for Remote Employee in 2019

Top 4 Engagement Ideas & Activities for Remote Employee in 2019

Remote Employee Engagement Activities

 

Your employees want to work from home, from the coffee shop even from the beach. Are you ready for that? 68% of American workers say they expect to be able to work remotely at least one day each week, and that number is only going up. However, remote employees also say they are less likely to receive meaningful feedback or even speak to their managers about future goals. For your current remote team members, you will have to go the extra mile to ensure the team plugs into what’s happening. Set aside sometime each week to visually connect with your remote direct reports in team meetings and individually also if you are celebrating a victory in the office don’t forget to include your remote workers send them the rewards as well, or they will feel left out.

Working with remote employees can have a lot of benefits. It can save you money; it can save you space, it can also save you time. But how do you make that work? Here are a few tips that I found make remote employees very successful.

 

  • To have regular calls and meetings. To meet regularly one-on-one via video such as Skype. These meetings allow you to convey the nonverbal messages and make a little more human of a connection. To keep people engaged, try to do as much with video conferencing as possible. Nothing replaces good old fashioned human connection. But for those who sit by themselves all day, the video helps. Start using video for your calls; it is incredible how much clearer the communication is. Not only can you take cues from body language, but it also helps keep people more engaged in the conversation.

 

  • Give autonomy and accountability. One should have regular reporting with the team. These reports will let you know, consistently what they have been working on and what challenges the employees’ risk.

 

  • Make get-togethers, exciting occasions. Include them in the company culture. Just because they are far away doesn’t mean that they can’t participate in humor and jokes and activities that your business is doing. Help them feel unified with everyone else.

 

  • Chat in real time. One of the biggest challenges for remote employees is a feeling of isolation. Working alone can be great for productivity, but it can also be lonely. One way to combat loneliness is to have scheduled daily checking calls or huddles with your team. These daily huddles do two things. One, they make sure that everyone is focused on the right task each day. And two, it gives remote employees the human connection that they need not feel like they’re in it alone.

It’s no secret that working as a remote worker, is the new normal for many business people today. But with everyone spread apart, you and your employees have to stay on the same page.

Technology advancements have made remote working more productive and engaging than ever before. If you need help with technology or build a team of remote employees, talk to us at Remotepanda.

 

About Shweta (Support/Technical Assistant and Blogger)

I am a solo mom of two beautiful angels. I have worked remotely for several years now, and it has been an extremely positive experience both for the companies I worked with and for myself. 

Great work can be rendered from anywhere, and you are most creative and productive when your people and your surroundings inspire you. At Remotepanda it has been a life changing experience with a group of interesting people. I am an experienced back-office virtual assistant with experience in building a complete back-office process from scratch and run it.

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Why Can’t We Rock the Cradle and Walk Our Dreams Side by Side?

Why Can’t We Rock the Cradle and Walk Our Dreams Side by Side?

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This blog is originally written by one of the remote workers of our network – Shweta Jain, as a tribute to all the working mothers who are doing their best to balance both sides of their lives.

“Remote work” or “Work from home” are terms that to some extent offer wings to a girl to fly a bit higher within the sky, follow her dreams while not undergoing the guilt of leaving her world behind. Her small nest is her world. To not be able to be physically present at home the majority of the time, really deprives her to be there for the most precious possessions of her life.

 

Mother doing remote work

 

Remote jobs are on the rise. And because remote work will usually cause more significant flexibility, more and more moms are jumping on the remote work bandwagon.

Myself included!

I’ve been operating remotely for over six years currently.

And in that time, I have nurtured my kids and saw them all the way from kindergarten to junior school without having to put them in daycare. Not once!

I like to think about all the money I saved as a remote working mom, but the most important was being part of all the major landmarks because I was at home with them and not restrained to a cubicle 8+ hours a day.

You too may be considering a switch to remote work. And luckily, there are plenty of remote jobs for moms (and dads too), you can use to keep your career warm, contribute to finances, and generally enjoy the ride of motherhood while keeping your own identity.

What Makes Remote Work Attractive To Moms?

 

To be honest, raising a family is time-consuming. Whether you’re a single parent, co-parenting, or somewhere in between, parenting is a 24*7 job.

And even though the number of stay-at-home moms is not as high as it was in the 1960-70s, it’s still an attractive option for many families. Firstly, it allows a mom the freedom to spend more time with her kids. And it also gives women the convenience to build their careers while maintaining a household.

 

So, who says you can’t have your cake and eat it too?

 

And, of course, several benefits come with a flexible remote job that gives you the best of both worlds as a stay-at-home mom and a breadwinner. There are many jobs with work from home options especially designed for women. It helps in balancing both professional and personal life especially if one has small kids to look after.

 

Perks of work from home Moms are:

 

1.Flexibility: You can plan your schedule so that both office and household chores are completed in time.

2. Reduce time to travel: The daily commute from office to home and home to office. Facing traffic jams and delays is a big pain which does not exist in working from home.

3. Saving on pocket: Work from home does not require any specific dress code or formal wear. For ladies, it is a great saving on their pocket.

4. More time with your children and family: You can spend more time with your children and family. You can see your little one completing every development milestone like the 1st walk, 1st word he/she spoke.

      1. It provides children with an academic edge.
      2. It is beneficial to both non-school age and school-age children.
      3. Less childhood stress, anxiety, and aggression.

5. Saving on office rent: If you are not working for a company and have your own office, working from home will help you to save the office rent.

      1. Fewer turnover rates
      2. Greater employee satisfaction
      3. Lower overhead costs

 

mother doing remote work

 

I wish more “work from home “opportunities would appease to more lives and allow women to not only nurture their world but live their dreams side by side. Allow them to lay the warm cooked meals to the kids, snuggle them more often, and also be present in the board room. To be there for the ailing member of her little world rather leaving them longing, to rush for the office in time. To be able to hold the little fingers more often than punching the swipe cards in offices. Technology has blown to its maximum size. Why not use it to the good to maximize this concept and affix its size? Why should not companies think about it and segregate more profiles of these types only to add to such jobs that are “work from home”? Why can’t one get the fun of both lives? Hold a career and still care and nurture her child.

When you are armed with how to spot a real job from a scam, where do you uncover this great work from home opportunities? Thanks to the Internet, apps to connect a company with remote workers, and the progression of a more flexible work economy, these jobs can easily be found if you know where to look. And for employers looking to hire these work-from-home moms, these sites offer great talent pools.

 

mother doing remote work

Find The Right Balance For Yourself

 

It is not necessary that all remote jobs for moms are created equal. Some will require a 40-hour-a-week commitment with set hours that make it challenging to find time for family. Yes, you’ll save time and money every day without having to commute to an office, but you won’t have the flexibility.

For example, if you have an infant in your care, you need something flexible. That way you can work around feedings and nap time. Freelancing often offers the most flexible way for moms to work remotely when you have younger kids.

For moms with older, school-aged kids, a part-time or full-time remote employee position may be a better fit. These types of jobs are like traditional office jobs — set hours, steady pay, and benefits — without a daily commute.

Moms may even yearn to be mompreneurs — they start a blog. A small business. Or another type of income-generator from the ground up. The possibilities here are ENDLESS. Get creative. Do what you love, and follow it with the wildness only a mother can!!

 

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY – More power to you all.

 

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How RemotePanda Supports Women to Get Back to the Workforce?

How RemotePanda Supports Women to Get Back to the Workforce?

Women-in-Remote-Work

 

A woman is an ultimate multitasker. The way she manages to juggle between work and life is something to be worth appreciated. When it comes to education, women have never failed to close the gender gap. Similarly, on the work front, they are the real heroes. But these heroes also need a break; the reason could be anything, from marriage to starting a family and raising the child.

However, taking a break from work can be both liberating as well as an intimidating task for a woman. A couple of years down the line when she decides to make a comeback into her working life, she finds it difficult to find a job that best suits her schedule. Mostly, a woman, after starting her family, wants the flexibility of working hours so that she could be around her family when needed. Research says, in India, almost 50% of female employees stop working after 3 years, either due to marriage, childcare, or aging parents. This data roughly accounts for 10 million graduates and post-graduate females. Perhaps, several women want to resume work but are unable to do so because of strict, rigid working hours with a competitive work environment.

At RemotePanda, we support the career success of women returning to work and connect them with remote work opportunities. These women are highly motivated, with less overhead cost and provide a high retention rate. From research and copywriting to virtual assistance and customer service, we create new possibilities for women at all stages of their career.

Additionally, we provide them the training that can help them to get at par with the changes in the industry and the demands of the job.

 

Our Talented Women Workforce

 

1. Rutuja W.

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2. Nikita K.

Nikita-K Profile

3. Vishakha D.  

 

Vishakha-D Profile

4. Madhuri G.

 

Madhuri-G Profile

 

5. Shweta J.

Shweta-J Profile

 

What Our Clients Have To Say For Our Female Talentpool

 

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Conclusion

 

RemotePanda strives to help women build their skills and support them for their career growth by assisting them to work at the comfort of their homes. Also, we actively support and champion the successes of women passionate about their work. Remember, women will be valuable assets in every role they play, not liabilities.

 

why you should not hire a remote employee in 2019

why you should not hire a remote employee in 2019

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Everybody in an organization wants for their business to grow as fast as possible. Many must be thinking about adding a few more skilled employees to their arsenal, and the idea that must be popping up in your mind is “Should we go for hiring Remote Workers?”. Let’s explore the pros and cons of this decision.

“Isn’t hiring someone local more convenient?”. There is an advantage to meeting a person face to face, wandering around their desks and checking in on what they are doing and how much of the work they have actually completed. Catching up with them on coffee breaks and water cooler talks, engaging in interesting (sometimes futile) conversation. You can’t do any of that fun stuff with a remote team, can you?

Well, you must have read a lot of blogs telling you all about why you should hire remote workers, let me tell you why you shouldn’t.

 

1. I would rather hire from a small local pool of talent

The Internet has led to the rise in remote workers becoming integral parts of organizations. The ease of communication and various collaboration tools have further led to ease in acquiring talented employees from all over the world.

But why to look for someone who is physically distant when you can hire someone who you can meet with every day?

Granted, this local person might not be as skilled as the remote workers, but at least you have the benefit of being around him, checking in on him whenever you want, addressing and solving the issues he might be facing. To do all this with your remote team, you’ll have to have access to a simple collaboration tool, a communication channel.

 

2. I hate having extra money to reinvest into my business

Yes, it’s true, hiring remote workers can save you a lot of money. You don’t have to worry about the employee’s desk, computer or any other thing that is needed to work efficiently: remote workers take care of themselves.

But if you hire a local employee, you have the chance to go furniture shopping, buying a brand new, high tech computer sounds so fun, and you wouldn’t want to miss out on that, would you? And if you build a team big enough that it can’t possibly fit in your current workplace, you have the option of finding a new and bigger place!

Remember the scene from Batman where Joker burns down a whole pile of cash? You can enjoy a very similar feeling.

 

3. I don’t like increased productivity 

According to a recent survey, remote workers are more productive than the in-house team.

Related: Remote Teams Vs In-house Teams

You know what happens when employees become more productive right? Goodbye timepass!

Feeling bad that you aren’t getting more time to have those fun, futile conversations with your team? Tired of seeing your employees pour their heart into their work and delivering the best results and that too at the expense of the precious fun time? It’s a blessing that the in-house team isn’t as productive all the time as the remote team. I mean they are productive no doubt, but they can always take some time out during important work to have some fun.

4. I prefer a higher turnover rate

If you treat your remote employees right, they are the most loyal employees you will ever come around, which reduces your employee turnover rate. But do you really want to be stuck with the same old faces for the rest of your life? Hiring new employees is a good thing, meeting new employees, introducing them to your company culture, training them, and teaching them new skills is such a great activity to bond, and definitely, one to look forward to.

5. I don’t care about global warming

Who doesn’t enjoy a long commute? Bring on the one hour journey to my office in heavy traffic, turning up the music as loud as I can (to drown the honks), burning up gas, and causing pollution. More of that, please!

Remote employees miss out on the fun journey; they work from home or a coworking space. Or a beach. They don’t get to turn up the music in their cars or contribute to the already clogged roads.

6. I don’t mind employees taking unexpected vacations and sick days

Remote employees tend to take fewer leaves of absences than the in-house team. Sounds boring right? Being available all the time to work, delivering projects before their deadline, being productive and proactive.

The real fun is in taking a vacation, turning off all modes of communication with your office, and just lying on the beach sipping on a pina colada. We can always get back to work after a good time spent away from it.

I wonder how digital nomads manage to work and travel all at the same time; I find it dreadful to even look at my laptop while I’m on vacation. Who cares about work, right? We’ll be at the office after a couple of days doing the same thing.

Well, I’ve run out of sarcasm, and I hope I have given you enough reasons to start 2019 with remote hiringWhat I described above sounds like a complete disaster.

That’s because remote work is the future of work. You already know all the benefits of having a remote team, such as increased productivity, reduced turnover, reduced leaves of absence, etc. But if you’re still unsure, then you can start with one engagement first, and then keep building more efficiency than an in-house team.

If you need to know the current trends of remote work and how to manage a remote team, we have an entire report dedicated to it; you can DOWNLOAD IT HERE.

 

About RemotePanda

RemotePanda is a personalized platform for companies to hire remote talent and get the quality work delivered from the city Pune. The resources in our talent pool are our close network connections. While connecting them with you, we make sure to manage the quality, growth, legalities, and the delivery of their work. The idea is to make remote work successful for you. Get in touch with us to learn why RemotePanda is the best fit solution for your business requirements.

Politics in Remote Teams

Politics in Remote Teams

 

One of the most despised thing in a co-located office is the politics which doesn’t seem to cease. People turn to remote work for various reasons, one of them being fewer politics and more focus on the work, but does this really hold true? Is remote team completely free of politics and bias as compared to the in-house team? Remote workers are humans, after all, they are driven by their own passion, goal, ego and more of a mix of all the negatives and positives.

In this whole charade of politics, what the employees don’t understand is that they are disrupting the amazing culture which has been inculcated over the years through tremendous hard work and fun activities. Such a blow to the company culture not only affects the management but also affects the profitability of the company. Now we usually think that politics only happen when the employees are co-located, being physically distant might be the trick to avoid it, but let’s see how remote teams feed the fire that can give rise to this devastating phenomenon.

 

1. Cross-Cultural Differences:

 

When I was interviewing CXOs and developers for our#MakeRemoteWork survey report, I met a developer in the US. She had tremendous experience of working remotely and had been through this roller coaster before.

 

Cultural-Differences

 

She told me that one of the reasons why it happens is that a team has members from different culture and background, so people sharing similar values get along really well, while those who don’t, feel a bit ostracized. There is still a bias towards, race, religion, country and what not.

These are the things that can break an extremely strong team, what employees need to realize is that they are here to work in synergy and harmony not to judge a person on personal traits and discriminate.

 

2. Less socialization:

 

Slack is the virtual office for all the remote workers. You see less of their faces and more of their text messages. Remote workers are generally so involved in their work that they barely talk about their personal lives on the communication channels and talk more about work.

Less-socialization

 

In this process, nobody gets to know what the person on the other side is like. We tend to form a perception about that person based on his work and not for the person he is. This is usually one of the reasons that remote employees feel less engaged in activities other than work, which leads to a difference of opinion between the team. So what’s really important here is COMMUNICATION. On a positive note, remote team members are not great on an emotional level compared to their in-house counterparts, so their efforts to influence internal politics are pretty low.

 

3. Ego Clashes:

 

Shoutouts and all are cool, but it sucks when a kissass employee gets it over a kickass employee.

 

Ego-Clashes

 

It’s true that rewarding an employee boosts the morale of not just employee but sets a standard for other employees as well, but when you’re working with a remote team, you should take into consideration the entire team and not just a single member. In the end, everybody is codependent and desires to be appreciated equally. A team is like a Bad Boys movie, we ride together, we die together, bad boys for life


Now that we know what gives rise to politics in remote teams let’s go through some tips to diffuse these politics.

 

1. Company culture:

 

It’s the responsibility of the management to enlighten their employees about the culture that has been established in the company.

 

 

Company-Culture

 

You shouldn’t let employees learn more about the company through water cooler talks and gossips, this won’t do anyone any good, it will only lead to further misunderstanding of how the company works. So it’s the management or the leader’s responsibility to show his employees the ropes.

 

2. Communication:

 

Organizations who embrace remote work have advanced technology to make communication easier and seamless within the team,

 

 

Communication

 

it’s imperative for the team members to use these communication tools, not just for work, but to stay in constant touch and build a better team as well as company culture.

 

3. Focus on work:

 

It’s no surprise that we are at an organization to work in unison to achieve personal as well as the organization’s goal, so, one of the best things one can do to stay away from all this politics is to focus on the task at hand.

 

Focus on work

 

At the end of the day, everyone wants to feel satisfied and appreciated for the work they have done, and it will only happen when the focus is less on politics and more the work.

 

4. Build Trust:

Trust is one of the most important factors behind every team and organization’s success.

Build-Trust

 

The organization should plan certain team building exercises which would revolve around making long term or short term strategies and also creating a stronger bond during the entire process. This is a win-win situation for the team as well as the organization.

 

Conclusion

 

Politics within a remote team is quite different than the one you’ll encounter in the office, there’s no backstabbing or the usual office drama, although certain cases persist like taking credit for somebody else’s work. It eventually comes down to how well a manager can encourage healthy communication between his team and how well a team can harbor a feeling of trust and respect. 

Global Work From Home Day

Global Work From Home Day

It’s time to celebrate the most preferred lifestyle of all professionals, Remote Work! It’s not just a trend anymore, it’s a way of life. People all around the world are being pulled to this amazing concept and it’s working wonders. So to appreciate remote work we are organizing Global Work From Home Day on April 10th in association with Remote-How.

We have been advocating RemoteWork for more than a year now, our platform www.RemotePanda.com has been trying to bridge the gap between developers in Pune and the business in the United States. During this wonderful journey, we got to meet a lot of entrepreneurs who had nothing but praise for remote work and who have been implementing it for a long time. We’ve had our chance of meeting like-minded people and it’s your chance to meet and network with all the fellow remote workers under the hashtag #WorkFromHomeDay.

And to boast off about how cool your remote work setup is and how much you enjoy working remotely, you can post a picture with #WorkFromHomeDay on April 10th.

The Process of Hiring Remote Workers

The Process of Hiring Remote Workers

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Number of Millennials, joining the workforce is increasing every day. And they are very much inclined toward working from a local coffee house.

Of course, companies are okay with that, well, why don’t they be? They get a productive and high-yielding employee while cutting down the overhead cost moreover saving up to $20,000 per year.

However, hiring remote workers is a tad bit different from hiring an in-house employee. A great in-house worker doesn’t necessarily be a great remote worker. Before hiring any digital nomad, it is essential to monitor their communication skills, work ethic, and time management skills closely. Hiring remote workers can be difficult for firms who have not used it. Now, there are two approaches you can take here. First, you can go for the personal perspective approach. This basically means that you will be the guinea pig for your own organization. You will try to hire and work with remote work although you don’t have any experience of it. Or you can take the second and more comfortable and relaxing approach. I call it the sit back approach. In this approach, you basically get to sit in a comfy couch and get to read the guide we have created for you while sipping coffee.

 

Many recruiters are merely pasting old school strategies onto the virtual employee search—and unsurprisingly, it doesn’t always work out for the best.

It’s important to screen candidates during the hiring process and look for characteristics that indicate their ability to work without in-person supervision successfully.

Qualities to look in an ideal remote worker –

A) Proactive Communication

B) Productivity and Flexibility

C) Self-Management Skills

D) Time Management

A specially tailored recruitment process has to be put in place. Let’s see what the hiring process looks like for the remote workers.

 

Hiring Process

 

1.Plan Before You Put The Pedal On The Metal

Now with the availability of global talent, I know you must be eager to jump the gun and start hiring remote workers. But before you do that you have to invest some time in planning and clearly defining the path, you are going to take moving forward. Dale Carnegie Quoted: “An hour of planning can save you 10 hours of doing” and that’s true.

You have to figure out whether the domain you work in is suited for remote work. Computer-based work such as programming or graphic design where it’s not necessary for the employee to be on site to fulfill their job responsibilities are best suited for remote working condition.

Setting up and running a remote team requires some serious planning and commitment. Especially if you are transitioning from the traditional 9-5 job to a remote setting.

 

Plan Before You Put The Pedal On The Metal

2.Create A Job Post Which Has The Potential To Attract The Worldwide Talent

Now that you are determined to go with the remote workers, its time you set out on your journey. To begin your journey, you first need to find some talented and capable employees. The best course of action here is to create a job post which could be featured on hiring platforms. It’s best to create a job post which clearly outlines the purpose of your company and the qualities you are looking for in an employee.

You can check this guide on how to create astonishing job posts.

There are multiple platforms where you can post your job requirements. Each of these platforms offers something unique on its own. It might get a little too confusing as there are too many to choose from. Well, fret no more as I have prepared a list of the top unconventional platform that provides remote workers. You can check out that list here.

 

Create A Job Post Which Has The Potential To Attract The Worldwide Talent

3.Screening Applicants and Organising Interviews

The best thing about hiring platform is the vast pools of resources who register on the platform. You are destined to find the dark horse you are looking for.

You have posted your request on the hiring platform, so naturally, you are going to be bombarded with the requests. Now the real work starts as you have to go through all the applications received and analyze whether the applicant is a good fit for you or not.

After you shortlist a few of the applicants that piqued your interest, you move to the next phase which is the interviews.

Now the interview is the area where you can actually judge the potential of the applicant.

How to structure a remote interview?

Before you begin interviewing candidates make sure you make a list of characteristics you are looking for in a remote worker. Since the person will be working remotely, it is essential that you align your requirements with the candidate’s abilities.

Few things that you should keep in mind while interviewing remote worker are –

A) Face-to-Face contact – It’s not like that this person will be sitting across from your desk. Getting the personal and in-person feel about the candidate is essential. You need to evaluate that person’s self-motivation, productivity, skills, passion, and his/her thoughts about company culture. This all can’t be achieved by reading an email. Instead, using a video interview, you can quickly evaluate all these.

 

B) Try not to ask the wrong interview questions – You need to remember that remote interview in different from your traditional interview. Also, virtual employees need different attributes compared to ordinary employees. Ask behavioral questions to determine not only the candidates’ skill levels, but also their organizational skills, career passion, and self-direction. Ask for candidates to explain scenarios in which they worked independently and manage their own time.

 

C) Don’t skip skill assessment – I have mentioned it before as well that since you are hiring a remote worker it is super important to make sure that the new person is an excellent cultural fit for the company. You need to closely monitor the soft skills of that person, skills like effective communication and time-management.

 

Now that you are interviewing potential employees make sure you include a test task in your process. Assigning a test task and monitoring how that person performed will provide you with the details on how skilled and experienced he/she is. There might be a case where you are confused between two applicants, assigning the same test task can provide you with insights on which one is better suited for your company.

 

Top Interview Questions

Have you had experience working remotely before?

How do you work alone?

What’s your ideal type of working environment?

How much of your social life comes from work?

Tell me about a situation when you dealt with conflict in the workplace.

These are the kind of questions that can provide you with all the information you require.

After the interviews are done its time to evaluate the applicants and hire the best personnel.

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4. Put them through the trial

You have hired the best person, do you think your job here is finished, well, you are wrong. Although you have hired the best available applicant, there might be the case that the person is not a good fit for your company culture. It is advised to put the newly hired remote worker on probation. This will allow you to understand his/her working habits and also help him/her to understand your working culture and practices better. This is also an excellent way to test that person’s team compatibility.

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5.Build a culture for your remote workers

Post-hiring, you have to keep your remote workers happily working with you.

Make sure you have collaborative tools and services in place. Communication is an integral part of building a culture for remote workers. Think innovative ways to get everyone to sync. Rather than being a skeptic of change, join them.

E.g Most of the times employees listen to music while working; it could be an excellent option to provide paid music service to the employees. You can even create a dedicated Slack channel where everyone can share what song they are jamming to.

Another approach you can take is to organize a yearly workcation and in-person meetups — this helps in building a strong bond between the employees.

By applying these small tricks, you can make them feel that they are a part of something big and a part of your company culture.

 

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Conclusion-

Eager to give remote work a try? We’re always happy to spill “insider” secrets on what makes for a comfortable, effective telecommuting team. Drop us a line anytime and let us know what questions you have about the wonderful world of remote work! Also, we can help you take the right steps to build one. Hire Best Talent at RemotePanda.

Why Do Millennials Prefer Remote Work?

Why Do Millennials Prefer Remote Work?

According to a survey by Deloitte, more than half the millennials reported that remote work made them more productive. Three-quarters of the respondents also said that they would appreciate if more such opportunities were presented. Here are a few reasons why the millennial workforce vouches for remote work.

  • Better work-life balance:

Millennials prioritize work-life balance apart from financial benefits while evaluating a job opportunity. The mere hallmark of achievement no longer appeals to them and they instead look for meaningful work. With the help of modern technology, it has become possible for millennials to get fulfilling work while giving ample time to their families and personal goals.

 

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  • Avoiding burnout: 

Providing a flexible work culture is a great way of gaining employee loyalty. Millennials are looking for remote jobs that enable them to work from anywhere and anytime. They wish to define their own hours and make the most of their productive hours. It is absurd for them to simply conform to a regular 9 to 5 work culture. They truly value productivity even if it is beyond the defined working hours.

 

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  • Remote work is practical:

 Millennials understand that remote work is not only a trend but a necessity! While the staff gets flexibility, employers get better productivity. Isn’t it better to reap the benefits of technology than to enforce unrealistic expectations on the employees?

 

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Conclusion:

So according to surveyors positive & beneficial responses, millennials prefer remote work due to flexibility in work culture, good work life balance, and many more benefits.

 

RemotePanda at Techday

RemotePanda at Techday

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While RemotePanda had a gala-time at TechDay here are the 10 really great businesses the Panda could spot on

1) Jade Insights

 

Jade Insights strives to facilitate the revolutionary growth of the US Cannabis business and to spread that growth and wealth to those who historically have not had access to it. The aim is to create groundbreaking data tools for the cannabis industry that will allow business owners to run their business smooth and successfully.
Jade Insights provides a comprehensive view of all major departments of a cannabis company. With easy-to-use dashboards, users can understand their Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), then compare their operations to industry benchmarks. Users are also able to set up regularly scheduled alerts, emails, and reports to manage by exception.

2) Hotels By Day

 

HotelsByDay is a startup based in New York City and made up of a team of hospitality industry veterans, technology experts and entrepreneurs who decided that there should be a better way for hotels to leverage their unused inventory during the day and for guests to be granted flexibility of check-in & check-out of a hotel room outside the conventional hours. It is observed that travelers need more dynamic options when they shop for hotel rooms. Hotelsbyday provides intra-day hotel spaces: offering travelers flexibility, comfort, and a space of their own.

3) Maz

 

MAZ products empower leaders in media industries to become pioneers in OTT and mobile technology. MAZ aims to provide tools that aid in building and maintaining apps across all platforms without any technical expertise. By using these tools and services, one can eliminate additional hiring of editorial, marketing, and design teams.MAZ was named one of Entrepreneur’s “Best Entrepreneurial Companies in America” as well as one of Inc.’s “30 Under 30 World’s Coolest Entrepreneurs”.

 

4) Bestest

 

Bestest brings “polling to the people” through a dedicated mobile app that gives everyone the power to collect usable insights, answers and feedback on the issues of the day through real-time opinion research. Bestest assists users in making better decisions. Using the dedicated application users can ask friends, teammates, classmates, co-workers or constituents to weigh in on picture and text polls that they create.

 

5) Inventaprint

 

Inventaprint’s goal is simple: help ideas come to life. Inventaprint is working diligently to connect inventors and businesses with vetted local or large manufacturers to simplify the creative process and achieve lower manufacturing costs. Inventaprint believes that the process of creating products should be smooth and accessible for everyone, Inventaprint cuts out the hassle of vetting manufacturers. To ensure that the businesses get top of the line manufacturers, Inventaprints carry out multiple assessments and screening processes. This approach aids in making smarter decisions.

 

6) Fixional

 

Fixional began as a publisher trying to organize the world of online fiction onto one site. In the process, they came to an understanding that they could best serve the world of writing by offering software to other authors, editors, agents, and publishers. Fixional provides state of the art software that reviews writing and offers advanced manuscript editing. The software helps authors edit and think about their work; it allows editors to find the manuscripts that best match their publication. Additionally, it acts as a recruitment platform for agents to find authors to represent. Fixional helps review and explore thousands of manuscripts within moments, providing new insights and possibilities which assists in maintaining high standards.

 

7) Vacayo

 

Vacayo leverages technology to help people obtain financial freedom through real estate. Vacayo is a platform which allows individuals to rent their home for a year or more. Vacayo provides high monthly rent and management of cleaning, maintenance, and insurance. Vacayo aims at revolutionizing vacation rental management by offering homeowners high profits, total coverage, and better options.

8) Swoogo

 

Swoogo created an event management software that helps a planner execute an event with minimum hassle. Swoogo believes that event planners are always juggling multiple tasks, in order to provide them the element of relaxation the tool was developed. Swoogo combines heavy-weight event creation, management, and marketing features with easy-to-use, easy-to-understand reporting. To conclude it is safe to say that Swoogo is the best choice that anyone can have when concerning event management.

9) Spectronn

 

Spectronn is an innovative and creative company focused on providing WiFi for transportation. The company is driven to provide transformatively, AI-driven, cloud managed cognitive radio networking and mobile edge computing technologies.Spectronn’s SiFi — an AI-driven cognitive wireless technology that provides resilient and high-speed WiFi in buses, cars, trains, trucks and other forms of transportation by dynamically connecting to multiple wireless networks (3G, 4G/LTE, satellite, etc.) simultaneously. Smart mobile edge computing supports video streaming, gaming, and other applications even if no mobile Internet.

10) Airport Sherpa

 

Airport Sherpa was founded by two frequent travelers ready to transform the airport experience. Airport Sherpa enables travelers to discover new and existing retail and dining options across all airports. Airport Sherpa is focused on delivering an improved traveling experience. Airport Sherpa allows travelers to grab orders as they walk through the airport. Travelers can check real-time updates for the orders and flight status.

 

Conclusion:

 

The time spent by RemotePanda at TechDay was phenomenal. RemotePanda experienced a truly blissful day full of opportunities to gain and absorb knowledge and information. The whole environment was encompassed with entrepreneurial excellence. To sum it up in a few words it was just a truly amazing experience.

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