Liam Martin: 5 Golden Rules of Hiring Remotely

Co-Founder of Time Doctor about rules to hire remote and also not have you or your people die of Karoshi

RULE 1: HIRE PEOPLE WHO WANT TO WORK REMOTELY

Rule number one is actually to hire people who want to work remotely. So where do you find these people? Use full-time remote job boards, the remote-first job boards, remote-focused platforms. So the candidates that are floating around, they are actually already in the same mindset that you are currently looking for, which is hiring someone in a remote-first capacity.

RULE 2: BUILD PROCESS

Rule number two is you need to build processes into your organization. It’s really so critical. It’s probably the number one reason why remote-first companies fail is that they don’t have proper process documentation inside of their organizations. Process documentation is super boring, it’s like doing your taxes times 100, no one wants to write a document about how to sign an email.

RULE 3: GET THE RIGHT TOOLS IN PLACE

Rule number three is you need to get the right tools in place. People — Process — Tools in that order. If you have really good tools, and crappy process, and stupid people that will burn your business down even faster than if you didn’t have tools in the first place. You need to make sure that you’ve got those right people, because that’s the core of your business. And without proper people and proper processes, nothing else works.

RULE 4: COMMUNICATION COMMUNICATION COMMUNICATION

Rule number four is you need to really start communicating. If you have not built a culture of communication inside of your remote company, you will start to see degradation occur very, very quickly.

RULE 5: COMMUNICATE WHO YOU ARE

Rule number five, communicate who you are. I actually have this document, which is a “Blueprint to Liam and His Weird Little Quirks”, my designer said he couldn’t put the ‘weird’ part in, it just wouldn’t fit properly. But, this is me.

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