Tech Tools for Hiring and Engaging with Remote Employees

Julie Shenkman
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The increase in remote workers in recent years has created a unique dynamic for keeping teams connected and recruiting qualified candidates.

Finding creative solutions for communication issues, lack of engagement, and decreased productivity are often at the forefront of business owners’ minds. Thanks to advances in technology, staying engaged and making hiring decisions with a remote workforce has become easier to manage.

Let’s take a look at a few tech-based tools leading the way in keeping remote teams engaged.

Talent Recruitment

Finding remote talent was once an idea many employers shied away from because it was too difficult to manage. However, with emerging technology arising in talent management, this process is now smoother and more manageable.

To develop an effective tech-based talent recruitment strategy, make sure your company is using a reliable recruitment marketing resource for posting and promoting open positions. This will help drive your sourcing strategy forward and bring in the best talent by reaching a larger pool of prospective candidates. It’s important that your job opportunities are able to gain visibility amongst the remote workforce.

Using an online job site can help the right candidates find your employer profile, no matter their location, and lets them learn more about your company and its culture. That being said, it’s important to post as much valuable information about the open positions and your company within the job listing as possible, without it becoming information overloaded. You will want to make sure that the position clearly states it is open to remote employees applying.

Employee Onboarding

Onboarding a new hire from a remote location can be challenging, but many businesses are now finding unique solutions. During this phase, technology can be a valuable resource.

One technology that can help ease this transition is a comprehensive human capital management suite, where employers can manage all aspects of an employee’s transition onto the team. Important elements of onboarding, such as training and development, performance management, time, and payroll, are incorporated into this software.

With a wide range of tools available to them, human resource managers and recruiters can help remote team members stay connected as they make their transition.

Additionally, consistent communication and check-ins with these team members can ensure they are staying engaged with the process and have the necessary tools and support for a seamless transition.

Team Engagement

A team should be able to celebrate their accomplishments and their ability to overcome challenges. For remote employees, it can be easy to feel disconnected from these celebrations when they are unable to join events such as happy hours, team lunches, or other traditionally in-person activities.

Instead of, or in addition to these methods, utilizing an online recognition software can help all team members get involved in the recognition process. Having a program of this caliber in place can help increase team engagement and overall morale for both on-site and remote employees.

With these systems, employees can send each other a shoutout for a job well done, or managers can highlight a significant contribution to a project. It’s also a great place to celebrate employee work anniversaries and birthdays. Over time, when employees have accrued enough points, they can turn these points in for a gift card or other valuable prizes. Recognizing your employees, especially those physically distant from their colleagues, can help develop a strong workplace culture where everyone feels a sense of team spirit and camaraderie, which can be useful for attracting top-tier remote talent.

The Takeaway

With a diverse set of remote employees actively searching for a job or already working from around the country, or even the globe, considering their unique needs is essential to the success of maintaining a well-engaged workforce.

Work with your teams to determine which technology assets make the most sense for your company, and its unique needs. Try to keep your remote team members at the forefront of any of these decisions and consider how these systems could either benefit or hinder their success with your company.


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