Video Transcript

So when you’re thinking about recruiting for a remote workforce, what’s interesting is years ago, before we went remote, we hired an individual from Winnipeg. So we didn’t see her in her personality, so I did a video introducing her to jouta. I think that’s ironic. And here she is coming to work in an office, so you have to think about how and where you interview. It’s one thing to do it all on zoom, but you will want to meet them in person at some point. And how do you do that in this physical distancing environment we’re in right now? You need to consider what kind of equipment you’re going to provide, what you will allow them to provide, and how you will ensure proper security is in place. It would help if you interviewed whether or not working from home will work for them because it doesn’t work for everybody. So what kinds of questions do you need to develop for your organization to understand better what they can do from home and are set up to work from home? Are you okay if they use their couch as their office desk? I know I need the team to have a complete setup. They have the right equipment, so if they want to do it from their couch, that’s fine, but they have access to it in their home. Again you’ve got to ensure security and privacy, mainly depending on the business you’re in, what kind of work they do, what kind of files they have, what kind of things they look at, and how you onboard them to your team. How do you do that? So again, I’d like you to think about it. Maybe you didn’t even do onboarding before; it’s more important than ever to do it now, so think about how you would do it. If you had a team, would you have them meet one on zoom or video conferencing a new person every couple of days to go through the departments? We’re working with a client right now who we can’t visit all 25 of their sites, so each manager we talk to will take his video, walk around, and show us the sites. So we understand what it is because we can’t visit them now. So what are some things you can do to integrate employees? Interestingly, our client had an accountant who worked for them for 30 years, and she’d never once been on the job site. But what an opportunity now because the video is so much more prevalent. What if you were able to take people like that to a job site via video, the way you can involve employees? I think it is much different, so onboarding needs to be more powerful. You must ensure that you’re clear on your culture and what kind of environment you want to create. Fit is still essential. It’s not skilled over fit. It’s fit first and then skill. They still have to fit. It’ll be even more challenging if they don’t provide and work from home. You need firm contracts around the ownership of the equipment. How does it get back to you? Should it not work out, just all the logistics you want to ensure that you iron out well in advance.