Over the last few years, companies across industries have struggled with the new pressures placed on them. Working from home, no matter how long we’ve been doing it for, poses a number of issues that can be hard to overcome. From disconnection with existing employees to trouble onboarding new ones, companies need to be smart in the way that they adapt.
In this article, we explore everything you need to know about recruiting and maintaining a strong team whilst working from home. Let’s get started.
1. Strengthen your employer value proposition
Before even looking at your recruitment and team-building processes, you need to establish what makes your brand great. An employer value proposition ( EVP), which outlines what your employees can expect from you, is more important than ever when you don’t have real life interactions to establish it.
Get clear on the concrete benefits you offer. These might be different from what you used to deliver. In person training might be swapped out for remote qualifications, for example.
You also need to consider the abstract qualities you want your team to represent. From here you can start to think of ways to implement them. Are you looking to build a team that priorities honesty, for example? Start making time to get more open about the behind the scenes with your existing employees.
2. Streamline your recruitment experience
When recruiting remotely, there’s less time to waste. A long back and forth process can put employees off and connection and synergy can quickly be lost. For this reason, it’s important to ask the right questions very early on in order to decide exactly who you need to hire along with how many people.
The benefits of a recruitment agency in this respect are enormous. By hiring someone to streamline your recruitment, you gain perspective on what it is that you need, time to think and access to a wider range of remote candidates. One of the great benefits of working from home is that your employees can work from anywhere- make the most of this!
3. Stay on top of compliance
When working from home, it can also feel difficult to stay on top of compliance regulations for different contract types. A recruitment agency will also help here, taking on the entire responsibility of managing risks and saving you from potential legal troubles down the road.
Strengthen your onboarding processes.
Once you’ve pinpointed the staff you want to hire, your onboarding process needs to be equally tight. Break down the steps you’ll include clearly and send them over to your new employees.
It’s important to be there for them to contact if needed, but also be careful to avoid micromanaging. A good approach is to add your new employees to a group messaging channel such as Slack in order to reassure them that you are in the loop without them feeling under pressure in their first few weeks.
4. Implement times to connect as a team
There’s no doubt that keeping employees engaged can be more difficult remotely. Find ways to connect- from personal zoom meetings to team building sessions and make sure you have a number of ways for employees to report wellbeing issues.
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