Monday, January 6, 2020
Exploring the Increase of Virtual Workers -- September 2015 RoundupIs your corner office located in your own home? For many, working at home or even across the globe from the brick and mortar location is the norm. This schrift of work goesby many names, a few include telecommuting, remote work, or virtual work, etc. First, lets define the term. According to Wikipedia, Telecommuting is a workarrangement in which employees do not commuteto a central place of work. A person who telecommutes is known as a telecommuter, teleworker, and sometimes as a home-sourced, or work-at-home employee. In this roundup, we take a look at the rise of virtual work and why it is so popular within many industries.Living and Working in ParadisePicture this The sound of gentle waves crashing, a refreshing breeze flowing through your hair, and sipping on fresh coconut water. And get thisyoure at the office. In this article written by Bree Cowell, Support Consultant for JobAdder, this is her reality. Switch t he waves for monkeys playing in the front yard, but you get the point. Bree has been working in Bali, a.k.a. paradise for 2 years now and has been more productive than ever. There is no wonder more and more companies are turning over a new (tropical) leaf, upping their cultural standards, and giving remote work options a try. Offering this type of workspace and work/life balance sets companies like JobAdder apart from the rest for koranvers. Where do I sign up?A great work environment = productivity via JobAdder WorkInParadiseClick To Tweet8 Keys to Leading a Dispersed Team to Maximum ProductivityAs virtual teams become more common in the workforce, Martin Zwilling writes for Entrepreneur about how to go about solving collaboration issues many face when teams are off-site. Good hiring truly does lead to good teams, and having every member of a team on the same page across town can be a difficult task. In this article, Martin Zwilling offers eight tips to keeping your virtual team pr oductive. Solve problems with off-site team members with these tips from StartupPro for EntrepreneurClick To Tweet6 Tips You Need to Know to Hire Awesome Virtual EmployeesHow does hiring for virtual workers differ from hiring for in-house employees? Six hiring experts weigh-in on how to hire the best remote workers.A few tips to keep in mind when recruiting for virtual employees includeKnow where to lookUse video sichtungGet the team involvedHold a trial runTest for service skillsHave a conversationScreening for remote workers is oftentimes more difficult to assess skills and cultural fit, so these six tips utilized by professionals in the hiring and recruitment industry is a great starting point to ramp up your virtual hiring. 6 Ways to Hire Amazing Remote Workers via sparkhireClick To TweetThe War for Talent is Over What Happens Now?In this article written by Ben Slater of Beamery, he writes briefly about how some companies are using remote work as a branding opportunity for top t alent. Brand building is especially important for attracting those looking for relaxed company values that drift away from employment norms which could set your company apart significantly from others. Whichcultural values sets your company apart? via BeameryHQ RemoteWorkClick To Tweet5 Interview Tactics to Weed Out badeanstalt Remote WorkersJennifer Parris, career writer for FlexJobs, explores five ways hiring professionals can better evaluate their remote work positions before making the hire. Know what to askPut them to the testTest tech-savvyGet a sense of their styleAssess their knowledgeNo matter the location of your business (or where your candidates will work), employers want to hire the best talent possible. 5 ways to better evaluate your remote workers Jennifer_Parris for PGI WorkFromHomeClick To Tweet7 Tips for Ensuring Maximum Performance While Telecommuting or Working from HomeOn the other side of the topic for those who are currently working remote, these 7 tips from iCIMS will without a doubt get you motivated to start your day as a teleworker While working at home is not cut-out for everyone, remote work can be incredibly rewarding if approached the correct way. And noworking remote does not amount to everyday pajama parties preparing and dressing as if you were going into the office is actually key for increasing productivityIf you work from home, check out these 7 telecommuting tips from iCIMSClick To TweetHow to Keep Remote Employees Engaged in Company CultureCompany culture is a tremendous selling point to prospective employees, and with virtual work environments on the rise, instilling the same company cultural feel to your remote workers is more important than ever. In this article, Spark Hire offers four ways to help your remote employees feel connected to the in-house company culture. 4 ways to keep remote employees engage in companyculture via sparkhireClick To Tweet If you found this roundup helpful, get your daily dosage of talent acquisition-rich content by subscribing to the Spark Hire newsletter and be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook. 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Wednesday, January 1, 2020
Writing a Professional Introduction EmailWriting a Professional Introduction EmailManagers often write a professional introduction emaillele to their new staff after starting a stelle. It is an excellent way to digitally open the door and show you are an engaging leader.If you are a manager or director, we offer these tips to make sure your email is opened (and read). Introducing yourself in an email to staff for the first time must make the proper impression.Use a welcoming subject line thats not too spammailmyGo to your spam inbox and read the subject lines. You will see a particular style of writing that looks impersonal, fake, and generic. This is hardly the way to introduce yourself in an email.For your subject line, be engaging, to the point, use your name, and mention your job title. Remember the importance of interpersonal skills in business.Try this professional email subject lineIntroducing Your name New your job titleDo not make demands in an intro emailImagine how you wo uld feelif you received a professional introduction email from a new manager or boss like thisHi, I am your new sales manager. Here is what I expect of you in the first monthinsert demandsIt happens, unfortunately. Instead of starting off with a list of demands, try introducing yourself in an email by statingHow excited you are to be working together.Offering to speak with staff about suggestions and advice.What you look forward to at the company.Again, keep it brief. An introduction email should not read as long-winded. Assume your staff is busy and does not have time for long email interactions. You are showing respect for their time.Do not make assumptions in an intro emailYou are the new kid on the block whether a new employee or leader. However, there could be those in the company with many more years of experience and perhaps a bit more battle-hardened when it comes to your new company.If you begin to impose your experience through assumptions in an intro email, especially if you have not spoken withany staff yet, your new colleagues may start thinking you have no industry experiencesimply because you made false assumptions about the company and your duties.Every person goes into a new position with pre-conceived notions of what will happen. It is a safer idea to keep these assumptions to yourself unless specifically asked for insight, which would never happen in an intro email. After all, that is why the company made you do30-60-90 Day Plan for the interview process.Proofread and send a test to yourselfBefore emailing the entire staff, make sure your grammar is clean. Great Google Chrome plugins like Grammarly are an excellent help.You are writing a professional introduction email to staff. Typos and poor grammar make your staff question your attention to detail. People often assume a brave, impeccable leader knows how to use clean grammar.Next, send a test to yourself. Read it out loud to yourself. If you hate the way your email reads, trust your gut i nstinct and change it.Use a simple font and size everyone can readIt is best to stick with what works for a professional introduction emailCalibri, Arial, Sans-Serif, or HelveticaAlso, do not make your resume fonts visible from outer space or only visible through a microscope. Try font sizes 10 to 14.The main reason for this is because font types and sizes appear different on all devices. Large fonts, or worse, typing in all caps, can knock people out of their chairs. It looks awkward, unprofessional, and a bit like your introduction email is yelling. The last thing you want to do in a professional intro email is yell at them, digitally.Watch the tone of your emailDoes your professional introduction email to staff read like this?Here I am Here is what I doOr does it read like this?There you are Tell me about yourself.Emails using the word I too often sound boastful and arrogant. Sure, people want to get to know you in your professional introduction email, but they also want to know you are approachable.Try cutting down on phrases that state, What I have done and this is why I am important. These phrases read too arrogant. Plus, staff already knows you were hired for your past experience.Instead, focus on statements of this nature, What we will do together and why each of you are important. You read humble and willing to work together. Humility is one of the strongest traits that make a leader strong and approachableFor career advice on what to write when its time to say goodbye, you can read How to Write Your Formal Letter of Resignation.