How to Hire Remote Employees

Two specific areas to check when hiring a remote employee.

1. The recruitment stage --find someone who actually does what they claim.

1. Onboarding should be even more detailed --because you can easily lose new remote hires if the onboarding is not done right."

The majority of onboarding is happening remotely.

"While the core principles of onboarding remain the same, there are differences," said Deosingh. "They cannot see your physical space. Much of the onboarding process includes the opportunity to see the space and get acclimated to the physical location."

These are some ways you can adapt the process for remote hires:

Give them an enthusiastic welcome. This might sound basic, but it can go a long way. Set up a video introduction with the new hire's team so they feel welcome. Remember, they are entering your organization at a much different point from where others have started in the past. Make them feel welcome even if you can't be in the same physical location.

1. Onboarding should be even more detailed --because you can easily lose new remote hires if the onboarding is not done right."

2. Set the employee up before their first day. When looking at technology specifically, make sure their employee credentials and logins are all set and they have all the equipment they need prior to day one.

3. Be available. It's easy to say you're available while overlooking it in practice. Your new hire will undoubtedly have questions, and instead of walking to your office or asking their teammates, they have to feel comfortable reaching out to your over remote communication channels. Overcommunicating information and making yourself available and open to questions is crucial in a world of remote onboarding.

Deosingh also noted that all materials will be online, so it's important to have a thorough and clear online guide, since the new employee will not have handouts or physical paperwork with them.

Key takeaway: With more businesses hiring remote employees, likely including yours, it is critical to have an onboarding plan that works for employees who won't be coming into the office, bringing them up to speed and making them feel welcome without the benefit of colleagues' physical presence and a dedicated office space.