Most remote workers achieve less performance in their job because they don’t pay attention to the important task that needs their immediate attention. They later invest more attention than the task actually deserves. 

This happens because most remote workers don’t understand the requirements of working remotely.

In this post, you will learn how to find and hire the best hands for your remote team so that they can feel happier on the job, as reported by Owl Labs, and you can be relaxed that the job is done efficiently.

But before then, let’s understand what makes a successful remote worker.

What makes a successful remote worker?

Working remotely is not an easy task. It requires more of a mindset than doing the job itself. 

When looking for top-performing remote workers to hire, ensure that you test for these few traits if you want them to be successful.

  • Readiness to work: Whether you assign a task to them or not, a remote worker should always be ready to pick up a task that aligns with the company’s vision. This could include volunteering to help another team member.
  • Quick to respond: They should be quick to respond so that when a team member taps anyone for a quick question, they’re available to reply. This could be via email, phone call, or text.
  • Ability to prioritize: A successful remote worker understands that urgent and important work differs, knowing what task to prioritize will help them concentrate on the impactful task and ignore the less needed ones.
  • Trust: “Is this worker sleeping or working?” is a question that most remote employers will ask. Well, trust answers this. Ensure that you trust who you’re hiring so that you can be sure that they will submit deliverables when due.

Where to find employees to hire remotely

Recruiters and hiring managers need not be stressed out by looking for where to hire remote employees. Many platforms already have these professionals on them. Here are a few to check out.

  1. LinkedIn: A talent-filled platform that helps recruiters find and engage with the right remote candidates. Beyond that, you can build your brand, and make smart talent decisions with data and analytics. It has over 690 million active members with 90% of them opened to the right job opportunity. That way, you have a pool to hire from.
  2. People per hour: This platform has a community of expert freelancers that give you the power to find the right person and any project in minutes. With almost 3 million freelancers, you can’t be wrong if you hire here with the right techniques. 
  3. This job board doubles as an objective hiring platform and great insight environment for recruiters. It provides expert advice, best practices, and valuable support for organizations they hire remotely.

Things to consider to help you hire the best remote workers

  • Craft a detailed job posting: You will lose out on those perfect remote workers if you don’t have a detailed remote work guide

This guide will ensure that you craft the necessary message in the right tone and indicate the needed skillset in your job posting. 

In it, you’ll highlight all the values that will lure your potential employee to want to be a part of your team.

  • Assess your potential hires: Depending on the role you’re hiring for, sometimes CVs could be misleading. 

Ensure that you assess your possible hires with a hands-on project or interview. 

This will reveal more about the capabilities of the candidate and help you figure out how much value the person can bring to your organization.

  • Choose the right tools for your work: Though a report by buffer indicates that 84% of remote employers prefer to work from home, this will be unattainable if the right tools aren’t in place. 

Communication and collaboration is the key to every remote work success, and ensures that new hires are comfortable with the tools so that you can enjoy the productivity that comes with working from home. 

Make sure you choose the right tools for your work or indicate candidates’ proficiency with the tools before having them on board. Adaptability is also important so that candidates can learn their new roles quickly.

  • Onboard your new hire: Allow your new employees to picture that they are not working with you alone. 

Let them understand how big the team is, as that is great to nurture remote work dynamics. 

The onboarding process will help them understand the organizational culture, communication etiquette, and how to develop an impactful relationship with the rest of the team. 

Through the relationship, you can identify the employee’s strengths and weaknesses and tailor it for the benefit of the organization.


Employing the best remote employee is about identifying the right place to find the talent and knowing the right words to attract them. 

Once you’re able to achieve that, your interaction and effective management will spur them to work at their best to attain the vision of your organization.


About the Author

Owen McGab Enaohwo is the CEO and Co-Founder of SweetProcess; an easy-to-use and intuitive business process management software founded in 2013 that makes it possible for company executives and their employees to collaborate together to quickly document standard operating procedures, processes, and policies.


You can connect with him on LinkedIn.



**The views & opinions expressed in this guest post are of the guest author’s and do not necessarily reflect the opinions & views of the Design Roast community as a whole.**

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Lexie Lu

Hello! My name is Lexie and I have a fervor for design, writing, and coffee. I graduated with a dual major in Creative Writing and Commercial Design, and through those grueling study hours (facilitated by coffee, of course) I always found time to write for myself.

My posts feature design trends throughout all industries and show how the field is always changing. There’s never a dull moment in the design world!

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