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Exploring the Increase of Virtual Workers — September 2015 Roundup

Is your “corner office” located in your own home? For many, working at home or even across the globe from the brick and mortar location is the norm. This type of work goes by many names, a few include: telecommuting, remote work, or virtual work, etc.

First, let’s define the term. According to Wikipedia, Telecommuting: is a work arrangement in which employees do not commute to a central place of work. A person who telecommutes is known as a “telecommuter”, “teleworker”, and sometimes as a “home-sourced,” or “work-at-home” employee.  In this roundup, we take a look at the rise of virtual work — and why it is so popular within many industries.

Living and Working in Paradise

Picture this: The sound of gentle waves crashing, a refreshing breeze flowing through your hair, and sipping on fresh coconut water. And get this…you’re at the office. In this article written by Bree Cowell, Support Consultant for JobAdder, this is her reality.

Switch the waves for monkeys playing in the front yard, but you get the point. Bree has been working in Bali, a.k.a. paradise for 2 years now and has been more productive than ever. There is no wonder more and more companies are turning over a new (tropical) leaf, upping their cultural standards, and giving remote work options a try. Offering this type of workspace and work/life balance sets companies like JobAdder apart from the rest for sure. Where do I sign up?!

8 Keys to Leading a Dispersed Team to Maximum Productivity

As virtual teams become more common in the workforce, Martin Zwilling writes for Entrepreneur about how to go about solving collaboration issues many face when teams are off-site. Good hiring truly does lead to good teams, and having every member of a team on the same page across town can be a difficult task. In this article, Martin Zwilling offers eight tips to keeping your virtual team productive.

6 Tips You Need to Know to Hire Awesome Virtual Employees

How does hiring for virtual workers differ from hiring for in-house employees? Six hiring experts weigh-in on how to hire the best remote workers.

A few tips to keep in mind when recruiting for virtual employees include:

  • Know where to look
  • Use video screening
  • Get the team involved
  • Hold a trial run
  • Test for service skills
  • Have a conversation

Screening for remote workers is oftentimes more difficult to assess skills and cultural fit, so these six tips utilized by professionals in the hiring and recruitment industry is a great starting point to ramp up your virtual hiring.

The War for Talent is Over: What Happens Now?

In this article written by Ben Slater of Beamery, he writes briefly about how some companies are using remote work as a branding opportunity for top talent. Brand building is especially important for attracting those looking for relaxed company values that drift away from employment norms — which could set your company apart significantly from others.

5 Interview Tactics to Weed Out Bad Remote Workers

Jennifer Parris, career writer for FlexJobs, explores five ways hiring professionals can better evaluate their remote work positions before making the hire.

  • Know what to ask
  • Put them to the test
  • Test tech-savvy
  • Get a sense of their style
  • Assess their knowledge

No matter the location of your business (or where your candidates will work), employers want to hire the best talent possible.

7 Tips for Ensuring Maximum Performance While Telecommuting or Working from Home

On the other side of the topic — for those who are currently working remote, these 7 tips from iCIMS will without a doubt get you motivated to start your day as a teleworker! While working at home is not cut-out for everyone, remote work can be incredibly rewarding if approached the correct way. And no…working remote does not amount to everyday pajama parties — preparing and dressing as if you were going into the office is actually key for increasing productivity!

How to Keep Remote Employees Engaged in Company Culture

Company culture is a tremendous selling point to prospective employees, and with virtual work environments on the rise, instilling the same company cultural feel to your remote workers is more important than ever. In this article, Spark Hire offers four ways to help your remote employees feel connected to the in-house company culture.

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Sheena Christensen

Sheena Christensen is the Product Marketing Specialist at Spark Hire. She is a fan of everything sports and enjoys writing anything from short stories to internet copy, spanning many verticals in the digital marketing world.

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