Hiring Remote Workers? An Inside Look at How They Work:

Hiring Remote Workers? An Inside Look at How They Work:
From Recruiter - November 25, 2016

As you go about the hiring process, you want to get a good sense of who your top-tier candidates are. From understanding their specific skill sets to determining why they want to work for your company, its critical to understand why any given job seeker would want to work for your organizationand yours alone.

If youre hiring remote workers, you definitely want to find a candidate who is interested in the job beyond its flexible work options. Wouldnt it be great if you could get inside the minds of those remote job seekers?

Well, now you can., a FlexJobs partner site offering online resources for remote companies and professionals interested in remote work, recently launched a new section that features real remote workers speaking about what its really like to work remotely.

The Remote Workers Q&A section allows employers to not only understand how remote workers and digital nomads think, but also to give job seekers a firsthand perspective on what it takes to work remotely.

Heres an inside look athow remote workersoperateaccording to five actual remote workers:

1. Conni Biesalski, CEO, Planet Backpack

It was pretty evident that a 9-5 job wasnt in the cards for Conni Biesalski.

I realized very quickly that I need a lot of freedom and that I want to work on my own dream rather than on [the dream of] someone else, says Bielsaski, who has been to more than40 countries and 100 cities throughouther career.

Bielsaski saysthat being able to work anywhereand to make money while doing itis one of the greatest feelings in the world. She uses coworking spaces, although she admits that no two days are the same for her.

In order to combat loneliness, Biesalski Skypes with her family and friends and works hard to maintainpersonal connections as she travels around the world.

2. Scott Hanselman, Program Manager, Microsoft

Some job seekers are willing to relocate when they land a plum position. Not Scott Hanselman. Born in Portland, Oregon,Hanselman knew that moving was a nonnegotiable. In order to convince his company to let him work remotely, he says he pushed and pushed, while trying to provide as much value as possible.

It was well worth it:Now, Hanselman cites being able to drop off and pick up his kids at school every day as one of the biggest benefits to working remotely.

Although he does miss those spontaneous hallway conversations that come with an in-office job, Hanselman isnot sure if hed return to a centralizedworkplace.He stays connected to his professional community by using Twitter, iMessage, and Skype, and lists Norway and Denmark as some of his favorite countries in which to work remotely.

3. Karen LaGraff, Vice President of Employee Relations, North American Region, Xerox Corporation

Some employees have a tough time convincing their companies to let them work remotely. Karen LaGraff was lucky,because Xerox was already astrong proponent of remote work.

Its a big part of how were able to operate on a global scale and provide a great workplace that supports employees work-life balance, says LaGraff.


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