7 Ways to Spot the Traits of Effective Remote Employees

Telecommuting is becoming a popular trend for many businesses as many tasks can now be done at home. Several studies have also shown that remote working for some employees is better because they are working in an environment they can easily relax and focus in.

However, there are instances where remote working doesn’t work for some people and it may cost businesses a lot of money to keep these workers in their employ. How can you tell which ones are committed to their tasks even if they will be working remotely?

Here are some of the traits you should look for in a remote employee who will be effective workers for your company:

1. Highly Driven

Remote working is not for everyone and if they are highly driven despite working from home, you can be reassured they will do their best in meeting your deadlines and present high quality work.

2. Great Communication Skills

A good and effective remote employee will not be absent online and will be able to pick up all the instructions they need to finish the tasks given to them. They must be able to respond to you perfectly and update you regularly.

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3. Independent

Since you won’t be able to see their work regularly, it is important that the remote employee is capable of following your instructions to the letter.

They must also be able to make decisions for themselves and resolve any problems that may occur which are affecting their work. They should be able to think like a boss, overseeing a bigger picture and take initiatives to perfect their work.

4. Can Prioritise Perfectly

When a remote worker gets their assignments, they should be able to organise their time wisely to get everything done. Sometimes, doing this is difficult because every task they get is “urgent.”

When this happens, the ideal remote employee must be able to tell you if they will be able to handle the job at hand and stay focused if they are able to do so.

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5. Pays Great Attention to Detail

The best remote worker will be able to pick every detail they need to know about the tasks and follow them perfectly with their finished product. Their finished product must be perfectly aligned to what you want them to do.

6. Reliable

Remote workers should always be available to you during their work hours, even if their deadlines are still far away. They should be able to meet their deadlines without excuses. They must also be there to help if one member of your team is unable to do their work for some reason. Compensate them correctly if they will be able to help the team.

7. Tech Savvy

It is important that remote workers are tech savvy and won’t require IT help to finish a task. They must be comfortable with all the latest apps for remote work and be able to work with them efficiently. You wouldn’t want to spend half a day just to walk them through how to install a new software every time it is needed.

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Not all people are cut out to be remote workers and it will hurt your business if you assign the wrong worker for the job. If you are considering doing work remotely, pick the right employees who show the qualities we listed above for the job. When you do, you will be able to run your business efficiently even if your workers are scattered around the globe.

Managing remote colleagues? Here are tips to do it perfectly:
5 Great Tips to Build a Strong Culture Among Your Remote Team
Is Remote Work Right for Your Company?
Best Technology Gadgets to Boost Our Productivity and Comfort when We Work from Home

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21 Comments Add yours

  1. Great list, Kally.

    Liked by 3 people

    1. Kally says:

      Thank you! Have an awesome week.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Great article Kally. I often wondered how you interview for remote posts doh! Everything you’ve mentioned lol.

    Liked by 3 people

    1. Kally says:

      Lol! Sometimes, I interview via phone, sometimes via email and sometimes via Skype. Nothing is impossible when you have internet. 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Anonymous says:

    And be able to address these issues with those not selected

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Terrific Kally,

    You show yourself to be an impartial teacher; always what is Good and for the GREATER-Good.

    That is mature thinking, and the surer path to greater rewards.

    Thank you my friend,
    God Bless,

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Kally says:

      Thank you very much, Patrick. I truly aim for the greater good and hopefully, with enough guidance, help others on the same path too. Just like what you are doing with your work.


  5. equipsblog says:

    When I was still working, I had one employee, a highly experienced cataloger, who had cancer and had to work from home for extended periods of time. She was the soul of responsibility, just like she was at work. I think that working gave her something to focus on besides the pain and discomfort from her treatment. She would respond to things almost instantaneously. She was more responsible than her technician who could not be trusted even with direct supervision.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Kally says:

      You are a saint who gave chances to your employee. I bet she is grateful that she still has her job and not immediately dropped when she needs to work from home. I have heard of companies who will quickly dropped their employees if they are sick or move them to a non-existence role.


      1. equipsblog says:

        We work for the government and work from home was an option
        This woman, a refugee from Vietnam, is one of the most dedicated, hardworking employees I have ever had the privilege to work with.

        Liked by 2 people

        1. Kally says:

          You have nothing but nice words for this employee. Everyone should have a boss / coworker like you!

          Liked by 1 person

          1. equipsblog says:

            Blushing. Thanks.

            Liked by 1 person

          2. Kally says:

            I’m so glad and proud that I know someone like you. Big hugs.

            Liked by 1 person

  6. This paints a great picture of the ideal remote-work personality. Communication skills are a definite must since supervisors can’t just stop by to check how things are going.


  7. jiayali says:

    Good post Kally…😊😊

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Kally says:

      Thank you and welcome to MiddleMe!


    1. Kally says:

      Thank you for sharing this out!


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