Remote workers may not get the distraction from their co-workers and other office-related distractions, but they can have their diversions. Most of the remote employees tend to distract when they are with the family. That is why self-discipline is very important for remote workers. Remote workers need to set deadlines for their work and need to follow them. Also, they need to avoid handling personal responsibilities during middle of working hours.
It is relatively easy to motivate in-office employees rather than motivating virtual workers. Because of that, it is important to hire self-motivated and independent individuals as remote workers. Those individuals must have the ability to take necessary action regarding customer complaints or work-related matters and they need to stay on the task without being distracted.
Remote working experience
When recruiting a candidate to check whether they have experience of working remotely. Having remote working experience will be an added advantage for candidates because they have the basic knowledge of what remote working environment looks like and how to work independently.
Advanced communication skills
Since remote workers are not going to spend more time on office, they need to have good communication skills to communicate with virtual co-workers. Virtual employees need to be proficient in handling communication channels to understand company needs and customer concerns. In the interviewing process, the interviewer can identify whether the candidate is a strong communicator or not by investigating his/her interview process.
Remote workers always need to be reachable during working hours, via email or call. Otherwise, managers and other co-workers need to chase down the employees to get the information they want. If the employees are more tech-savvy, they are more likely to spend most of their time on computers and other devices. So, they do not miss anything. Because of that when hiring candidates, it an added advantage if companies can hire a tech-savvy candidate for the virtual workplace.
Remote working leads to high returns in business, but organisations need to hire the right individuals to deliver high standards of the outcome. If your organisation can find the right individual with the above-mentioned personalities, the remote portion of your operations will be successful.