Remote Employee Characteristics to Look For

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COVID-19 has disrupted seemingly every aspect of our personal and business lives. One prominent change for many businesses is the sheer volume of employees who are now working remotely. For any role applicable, businesses shifted to remote work out of necessity when the virus hit. This has shifted hiring practices in many ways, from video interviews to changing job responsibilities.

One adjustment for employers and recruiters is that more focus may be needed on the types of skills that allow an individual to work well remotely. While most employers have found that remote working has worked better than anticipated, it doesn’t mean there isn’t a shift in how employees function when they’re not all in the same space. Excelling at working remotely requires specific skills.

Desirable Traits

Here are a few of the traits employers should look for when hiring someone who will be working remotely some or all of the time:

  • Great communication skills
  • Emotional intelligence
  • The ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing
  • Proactiveness
  • Internal motivation, without the need for close supervision
  • Self-discipline
  • Good work ethic
  • Organization
  • Flexibility (While routines are helpful in remote work, it’s good to have someone who can improvise when things change.)
  • Willingness to find solutions to problems without coworker assistance when needed; resourceful nature
  • High level of comfort with the standard technology required for the job (IT usually won’t be on-site, even when problems occur.)..

Source:  HR Daily Advisor

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