Roughly one-quarter of American professionals take advantage of remote working arrangements, according to research from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This number is expected to balloon as improved enterprise communications technology materializes and more businesses embrace this operational quirk in an effort to increase productivity. This shift has, of course, caused immense change across every aspect of every business with hopes of wooing work-from-home-hungry employees.
"One-quarter of American professionals take advantage of remote working arrangements."
The human resource department has borne the brunt of this development, as internal recruiters work to find suitable candidates for off-site jobs, according to the Society for Human Resource Management. Internal recruiters looking to fill these positions must not only pinpoint potential hires who can perform the basic job duties and have suitable industry experience, but also possess the extra skills needed to navigate a remote working arrangement. For example, work-from-home candidates must have top-notch communication skills so as to effectively connect with fellow workers and managers, SHRM found. Additionally, candidates must exhibit self-discipline and motivation, as they will have to contend with unique distractions normally not found in the workplace. Lastly, they should be content with metric-based performance systems. Why? Work output and quality alone are the only measurements of success for professionals in these jobs.
These new expectations – as well as the logistics of hiring off-site workers – can overwhelm internal HR departments and lead to lasting recruitment issues. As always, finding people is easy, but finding the RIGHT people is not! A search firm like YES Partners can help. Our search consultants can find potential candidates who have the skills needed to excel in remote positions.
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