As technology continues to grow and evolve at ever increasing rates, the way in which it’s impacting businesses will do the same. One of the most prevalent changes already taking place is the increase in telecommuting.
According to a recent Gallup poll, not only are more workers telecommuting at least part of the time (37% in 2015 vs. 9% in 1995), but the views on telecommuting are changing as well. In the past, telecommuting was looked at with some suspicion. However, these negative perceptions are beginning to fall away as telecommuting becomes more and more popular and its benefits are proven in study after study.
Knowing how to select for positions that require telecommuting is becoming increasingly important. Here are 5 guidelines that should be considered when looking to fill a position that will involve telecommuting:
1) Supervisor Compatibility
As important as it is to ensure that the employee can be an effective telecommuter, it’s just as critical that the individuals responsible for managing telecommuters are comfortable with managing remote employees and are able to do so.