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Hiring and Onboarding: Resources for Remote Employers

Whether you previously transitioned a co-located team to remote or are just starting up, there will come a time when you’ll need to grow your organisation. Like everything with remote work, hiring remotely is absolutely achievable, but will require a slightly different process to its in-person counterpart. 

However you do it, hiring new people can often be a daunting task. It’s a fairly labour intensive process sorting through applicants and conducting interviews, and figuring out who will be a good fit requires a little more effort than just finding someone who has the right skills and experience for the job. You’re also considering whether their values align and how they would fit with the rest of the team as well as what other, seemingly unrelated, skills, interests or experiences they can bring to the job. 

When you’re doing this remotely, it often means conducting interviews and tests virtually through video calls and online communication. They could live in a different city or country, and you may never meet them face to face before hiring them. This means you may need to learn new programs, download new tools and work on transferring intuitive in-person practices to the digital space. 

We’ve written extensively on this topic from our own experiences as a distributed company and with insights from hiring experts. To help you navigate this process, we’ve compiled some of our resources all in one place.

How-to 

How to Hire Remote Workers | Our Recruitment Process with Remote Company Insights
Our hiring process has certainly evolved over our years in business. In this guide, we share some of that journey, detailing what our current recruitment procedure looks like interspersed with other remote company insights. 

A Guide to Hiring Your Best Remote Salesperson
When hiring for specific roles, you may want to cater your recruitment process accordingly. This guide sheds light on what to look for in a remote salesperson with insight from Paul Kenny, a long term salesperson and founder of Ocean Learning, a sales and leadership training and development company based in the UK.

Salaries

If your remote employees are all within your own home country salaries will be fairly straight forward. However, the beauty of remote work means their location doesn’t restrict you. Hiring internationally comes with its own challenges, and you’ll need to determine how exactly you’ll go about paying them. 

How do you Pay Remote Employees in Different Countries?
There are a few different methods available to pay international employees. This article outlines the options with particular consideration for compliance, currency and tax and social security. 

Should You Pay Your Overseas Employee a US Salary?
Once you decide how you’ll pay your overseas worker, you’ll need to develop a policy around what you’ll pay them. Will you localise to your employees home country? Or pay a global salary based on your company’s base country? This in-depth feature unpacks the various arguments for each, including ethical and economic considerations. 

Challenges 

The Unique Challenges of Hiring Remotely
As we mentioned earlier, hiring remotely isn’t exactly the same process as hiring someone face-to-face. In this article, Lance Robbins founder and CEO of RemotelyConnected, a remote talent acquisition service, shares his advice on overcoming the challenges to leverage the benefits of hiring remotely. 

Onboarding 

Once you’ve hired your ideal candidate, you’ll need to set them up to work. Again, this looks a little different when we work remotely. There’s no office tours, team meet and greets, or onsite tech support, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t effective ways for new members to be well integrated. 

Developing an Effective Employee Onboarding Process for Remote Workers
Here, we outline the steps of a virtual onboarding process including a checklist covering data security, communication expectations and team introduction. 

Setting Up Safe Workspaces For Your Remote Employees
Onboarding a remote employee is about more than just granting access to your online work boards. You’ll need to set them up with the appropriate equipment and ensure their workspace meets workplace health and safety standards. 

Summary 

Hiring remotely is by no means impossible; it simply requires a slightly different process to what you might be used to when hiring face-to-face. Just like working from home or managing a remote team, you may need to learn a new set of skills to help you hire in this way. This might include how to pay international employees, how to effectively sort through a larger than normal candidate pool due to lifting location restrictions, and how to onboard a new team member online. 

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