Strategies for maximizing a remote workforce


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  • Well, that’s about all the time we have for today. For those of you who asked a question using the BrightTalk player, we will be sure to respond to your questions individually. Before we conclude, I’d like to note that you can find several more resources that will aid you in your job search by visiting the knowledge center in the career services section of Or you could always visit us on Facebook, where we offer frequent job search tips and employment resources. The url is listed on your screen. Thanks everyone for attending our program this afternoon and have a great rest of the day!
  • Strategies for maximizing a remote workforce

    1. 1. Strategies for maximizing a remoteworkforceKristina Jokinen, Direct Placement Director at Adecco Staffing
    2. 2. 2Adecco Staffing USAdecco Staffing US is the nation’s leading provider of recruitment andworkforce solutions.We are the pre-eminent workforce management partner for Fortune 500 companiesand career advisement expert for American workers, serving all of the key industriesand professions that drive our economy forward. Adecco has over 900 careercenters and, on any given day, connects 70,000 talented workers to the best jobopportunities across the country, making us one of America’s largest employers.Please visit us at
    3. 3. 3About our presenterKristina JokinenDirect Placement Director at Adecco Staffing• Works closely with direct hire recruitersand Adeccos extensive branch networkto ensure successful matches betweencompanies and candidates for full-time roles• More than 15 years of experience in therecruiting and staffing industry
    4. 4. 4What we’ll cover today• Why virtual workforces are becoming more common• Common challenges of virtual work teams• Strategies for making a virtual workforce successful• Tools and technologies that can assist your virtual workteams
    5. 5. The benefits of a remote workforce for the employer
    6. 6. 6Benefit #1: Cost reduction• Save on office space rent• Ability to hire employees in areas with a lower cost of living• Decreased pay in exchange in exchange for fewer work expenses• Reduced turnover
    7. 7. 7Benefit #2: Increased productivity• Uninterrupted work time• Reduced sick time• Time is not lost due to inclement weather or traffic
    8. 8. 8Additional benefitsAble to hire talent outside of the organization’s geographical boundarieswithout the cost of relocation, expanded viewpointsOpens upnew laborsourcesRetention Can be offered as a type of “bonus” to employees
    9. 9. 9Additional benefitsTime spent on commuting can be spent on personal lifeCustomized workspace, no dress code, fewer illnessesWork/lifebalanceIncreasedquality ofworking life
    10. 10. Common challenges of virtual work teams• More difficult for managers to know what employees are working on• Employees can feel isolated• Time zone differences are not as conducive for team meetings• Employees may feel under-valued/recognized• Employees don’t understand or feel part of the company culture• Cultural differences in communication styles• Trust is harder to build
    11. 11. Strategies for success
    12. 12. Hire the right person!• Not all people were created to work remotely!• What you want to look for:- A driven self-starter- The ability to create a work/life balance without strict guidelines- Skilled at technology- Knowledge of the position and its demands• Psychometric testing helps uncover the personality traits needed
    13. 13. Key traits of an effective remote manager- Highly effective communicator and listener- Supports autonomy- Collaborative- Ability to build trust quickly and sustain it- Good delegator- Flexible- Open to and supportive of a remote workforce- Macro-manager- Excellent memory
    14. 14. Leadership style- Not a control “freak”- Participative- Focused on results versus time/activities- Strong vision- The glue that holds the team together- Deliberate about their interactions- Demonstrates confidence in team/workers
    15. 15. Making connections• Set expectations- Provide vision of company- Give clear and measurable objectives and goals• Promote self-leadership• Encourage social engagement amongst peers• Recognize achievements
    16. 16. Communicate!• Regular one-on-one meetings• Regular team meetings• Keep them “in the loop”• In-person connections
    17. 17. Tools and technologies
    18. 18. Traditional tools• Email• Phone• Instant Messaging• Face-to-face time• Intranet
    19. 19. Conferencing in• GoToMeeting• WebEx• AnyMeeting
    20. 20. Additional tools/technology that can helpDocument storage:• Google Docs• FilesanywhereChat platforms:• Yammer• Chatter
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    22. 22. 22Question + Answer
    23. 23. 23HRCI program approvalThis program,ORG-PROGRAM-119708, has beenapproved for 1 (General ) recertification credit hourstoward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification throughthe HR Certification Institute. Please be sure to note theprogram ID number on your recertification applicationform. For more information about certification orrecertification, please visit the HR Certification Institutewebsite at