Telecommuting work has become quite a trend on the employment market, and that resulted in the growing interest of employers for remote jobs field. But what, where, and how can traditional companies learn the ways to be engaged in the telecommuting? What should be the first steps on the way to turn working environment partially or fully into virtual space? We can consider four main ways to learn about remote jobs.
Consider learning from people around
There are quite a number of other employers, or business owners, or hiring managers, dealing with telecommuting job positions. Surely, not all will talk openly about their experience, especially if it was not successful, but still it is possible to find those willing to share their knowledge and experience in turning into the virtual working environment, hiring remote workers, and manage business the other way. You may look for the seminars or workshops conducted by professionals from remote work field, that will be very helpful in terms of learning about pros and cons of remote working space, about the most common mistakes. Other way is to found an independent business owner or Hr manager and have some meeting to discuss their personal experience and positive and negative effect of switching to the remote mode. The most important things to learn are HR changes, reducing expenditures, increasing productivity level.
Consider reading specific literature
In case there is no one around you with required personal telecommuting business and there are no chances to attend any special remote work seminar, lectures, or workshops, you may try to find what has been written about telecommuting to date. Perhaps, it could be something like Hiring remote Workers for Dummies, or bestsellers dedicating to telecommuting written by successful business owners. But there is one big negative side for such reading – it is less likely to find anything about failures. To learn more about possible difficulties, it would be better to find personal blogs, or interviews, or even forums for those who would like to make changes in their own companies. According to some statistics, soon more and more people will try to work remotely at least once during their career path.
Consider conducting some research
That would be very specific sites dedicated to the telecommuting employment field exclusively, like, for instance Goemployed.com. Analytic and systematic reviews will be the most helpful to see the picture as a whole – the most common failures, the most successful industries in remote world, whom and where to hire the best telecommuters, what to consider for hiring process etc. Also, you may find there lists of top companies working in virtual space, interviews with their CEOs, advises from HR managers, lists of the most demanded professionals. Usually, there are also so called FAQs, so it would be easier to read ready answers to questions you may have. Below are questions you need to learn about:
- What traits do you look for in candidates for a remote job?
- How did you switch to remote or start out that way?
- What challenges have you encountered building a remote team?
- What is the hardest part about managing a remote workforce?
- What elements are key to successful working relationships with remote teams?
- What do you consider the biggest benefits of a remote workforce?
- How do you conduct interviews for remote jobs?