We’ve talked a lot on Remote Justice about how to be a productive remote worker and managing productive remote workers– but how do you actually find and hire remote workers? Thankfully the Society for Human Resource Management has you covered! Their article “How to Hire Remote Workers– And Keep Them Productive and Happy” gives you the low-down on this process.
We especially appreciate the feature on unique challenges organizations can face while hiring remote workers– how do you handle a potential technological learning curve? How can you assess a job candidate without actually meeting them in person? We love this great trait that Kaplan Test Prep looks for in their remote workers:
The one trait Kaplan does especially look for in its remote workers? A willingness to ask for both feedback and help when it is needed. “Someone can’t walk by and see that you’re struggling with something” when working from home, Kent said. For this reason, the company seeks employees who willingly “raise their hand and say, ‘I don’t know how to teach this,’ or ‘I’m struggling with this student.’”
Once you figure out your organization’s hiring norms for remote workers, the article gives some good tips on how to keep them productive! Read the Society for Human Resource Management’s full article here.
Guess what? You can maximize productivity simply by re-organizing your workweek.
Jeremiah Dillon, the head of product marketing at Google, released an email on Fast Company in December that he sent to his staff on productivity.
He stresses that energy levels follow a pattern each week and breaks down how you can plan your week accordingly to maximize all you get done during the week:
Monday: Energy ramps out of the weekend — schedule low-demand tasks like setting goals, organizing, and planning.
Tuesday, Wednesday: Peak of energy — tackle the most difficult problems, write, brainstorm, schedule your Make Time.
Thursday: Energy begins to ebb — schedule meetings, especially when consensus is needed.
Friday: Lowest energy level — do open-ended work, long-term planning, and relationship building.
We don’t know about you, but we’re heading off to re-arrange our schedules!
Happy National Clean Off Your Desk Day, Remote Justice readers! Yes, you read that right. Apparently there is an entire day in January dedicated to clearing up your workspace to make room for a productive new year.
Keeping a dedicated space for your work is imperative for productivity– and so is keeping that space clean! So, in spirit of this holiday, we’re rounding up a few of our favorite tips to help you get organized!
- Use a three-tray system for organizing your papers— Important, To File, and To Read. This minimizes the space that your papers take up on your desk but also leave them accessible to you throughout your work day.
- Make your own desk tray to organize your supplies! You can purchase these from office supply stores, but if you don’t want to spend the extra money and want to add a personalized touch to your space, check out this great list of different DIY trays!
- Hide the cords cluttering up your space. Your line of vision will be clearer and will help you get into more of a work headspace. Click here to find out how one woman tamed her office cords.
- Lacking space but need storage? Check out this ingenious way to create floating bookshelves that will fit in narrow spaces!
Do you have any other tips on how to keep a clean remote work space? Let us know in the comments!
We spend a lot of time here at Remote Justice covering how to be a productive remote worker– but today we’re going to shift our lens over to the managerial side of things. How can you keep a team running smoothly if there is no one physical place in which you and your employees all work together? This is one of the biggest concerns for many remote managers, but thankfully Entrepreneur.com released a list of “4 Ways to Keep the Team Working Together Without an Office.”
With lots of tips and tricks on creating a cohesive work environment (albeit not a physical environment) for your workers, this article shows that strategy can bind a team together just as much as a physical office space.
One of our favorite tips from the piece is #4: “Set overlapping hours.” In most remote work settings, workers have the freedom to choose their own hours. Are you a night owl? Sleep in and schedule time to finish that report in the evening. Do you get your best work done in the morning? Wake up at 4 AM and get started an hour later! While choosing working hours is a major plus side to remote work, it’s also important to schedule at least a few hours in which the staff are all remotely working. That way, you can tackle projects in real time and include everyone on conference calls and Skype meetings!
Interested in reading the full article? Check it out here!
The final in the Provide in Profile interview series, Camilla Eubanks, Regional Director, talks about the cultural competency needed for the work we do at Provide. She also talks about incorporating the desire to connect with people into remote work! We learned a lot from what Camilla had to say and we hope you will too!
We’re excited to announce that we will be hosting a webinar on May 12th from 1-2 pm Eastern: “Provide‘s Remote Work and Social Change Webinar”!
Remote work creates opportunities for non-profits in the social justice world. Provide will share insights for workers, managers, and organizations on how we’ve implemented these opportunities. Our Executive Director, Senior Director of Programs, and a Field Team Member will speak to the ways we create a remote work culture, share the tools we use to successfully work remotely, and explain what we get from working remotely that we couldn’t get from working out of the office.
Melanie Zurek, Executive Director at Provide
Wyndi Anderson, Senior Director of Programs at Provide
Bree Pearsall, Kentucky Field Coordinator at Provide
Register now to attend! We hope to see you there!
Establishing remote teams can be difficult, and “The Pros & Cons of Being a Remote Team (& How We Do It)” by Alex Turnbull at GrooveHQ points out the ups and downs to be aware of. This is an honest look at what does and doesn’t work- very useful for organizations at their beginnings!
“Why Remote Teams Are the Future (and How to Make Them Work)” by Help Scout highlights some of the most important aspects of creating remote teams that work smoothly. This resource covers a wide variety of topics, including advantages vs. disadvantages, statistics of successful remote companies, suggested technologies, and a smattering of basic best practices.