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Tips for managing different types of remote workers online

What are the most common types of remote workers?

In 2020 the majority of people have started working remotely from home. All processes were moved online. Some people were struggling to get used to working from home, some had no problem with that. In general, it was quite an experience for both employers and employees. However, experts believe that even after the pandemic is over, more and more people will work online. Retalent's team has identified the main types of remote workers.
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The Home Office Guru:
These people know everything about work from home. Home Office Gurus have numerous gadgets and special stuff that makes their home office incredibly comfortable. They don't see the reasons why they should go to the office and waste their time on the road, so they are working from home full-time. A comprehensive corporate mobility solution is required for the Home Office Guru. That includes a home connection to the office network as well as a reliable mobile phone plan. Using unified screen sharing and video conferencing helps them to work in teams and easily collaborate with colleagues.
Pros: The home office guru is an extrovert. They are hard-working employees, always going the extra mile on projects.
Cons: They have some problems with concentration on one thing. Gurus are trying to do as many tasks at the same time as it's possible. Unfortunately, that might lead to lower quality work.
Advice for the employer: Help them focus on what they do the best! Tell them what you expect from them clearly and help them not go all over the place.

Woman working remotely while traveling
The traveler:
What we all like about the remote job is that it can be done from anywhere in the world. The travelers know it the best, so they take any chance to go somewhere. Most likely, they are those teammates who live in another country, but still, take an important place in the working process.
Pros: These are open-minded people, willing to learn a lot of new things and apply them to their job. They are very motivated to perform well at work, as they need to finance their trips.
Cons: The downside is that they often have problems with internet connection. Travelers spend lots of time in airports, with weak Wi-Fi signals, hence they need to have tools that allow them to be accessible regardless of where they are, whether they have the Internet connection or not, and regardless of what device they're using.
Advice for the employer: Make sure they have the best mobile phone plan for traveling, so they can always be online when they need you. Always ask them about their schedule! It will help you to understand when they are available and you won't waste time trying to reach them when they are flying to the next destination.

Woman working remotely late at night
The Night Owl
We all know that sometimes offices can be quite hectic places. For those people, who struggle with concentration, it might be difficult to get the job done in a loud open-space office. The Night Owl prefers to use a long period of undisturbed time in the evenings to complete all their tasks. They tend to be outstanding employees, who perform better on their own. You know, there is always a colleague who reads the texts all the time but seldom replies to them. Night Owls can be also called Ghost readers. When it comes to teamwork, they let others do the talking.
Pros: They always meet deadlines. Night Owls are often very innovative and creative employees who don't like being the center of attention.
Cons: Poor communication can lead to potential conflicts and misunderstandings. Sometimes it's difficult to reach them.
Advice for the employer: Make sure you have overlaps with these employees. Encourage more regular meetings, solicit ideas from them, and offer help when they have a problem.

Woman working from home
This type of remote worker is prepared for every possible situation. They are perfectionists most of the time. Overthinkers update their to-do lists regularly. They are exceptional employees who are willing to put in extra effort to ensure that the project is completed correctly. They will readily assist another colleague if they sense that they are having difficulties.
Pros: You may be certain that everything is under control if you have an overthinker on your remote team. They are well-organized and will always have your back.
Cons: They tend to sacrifice too much for the sake of their work.
Advice to the employer: If you notice that you are dealing with an overthinker, assure them that you appreciate what they do. Don't let them lose their work-life balance, instead teach them to share their tasks with other colleagues. When something bad happens, they are often scapegoats so help them break that cycle. And one last thing — don't touch their spreadsheets, ever.

Man browsing on Instagram while working remotely
Do you have a colleague who is always sending you the latest news and funny memes but for some reason misses the deadlines? Hey, your co-worker is a procrastinator. You often hear from him "I'll do that now'', or "Sorry I was busy with…'' Sometimes it can be frustrating. These people are often good colleagues but sometimes not so passionate about the tasks. They want to finish everything quickly. They don't pay much attention to details. In the end, this can create problems for the whole team.
Pros: They can always find the easier way to do things easier. They are also great negotiators, who get on well with everyone.
Cons: They don't take things seriously. You have to be patient to make them do something.
Advice to the employer: If you notice that your employee is procrastinating make sure to install a great time tracker that will show you the real state of things.

Woman working remotely, smiling at laptop
Little Miss Sunshine
These people are often enthusiastic, idealistic and they want to learn from their colleagues. They enjoy a friendly chat with other colleagues, they want to be a much-needed source of support and to help others the best they can. Since they are new to this remote world, they can easily feel overwhelmed by all the tasks. We all know that remote work is different from in-office. Even the slightest changes in communication can seem off-putting to these workers and convince them that something is wrong and that they are not doing their part correctly.
Pros: These are hard-working, curious, and fast-learning employees.
Cons: The lack of feedback or communication, can make them feel left out or like they are not doing their job correctly.
Advice to the employer: Don't destroy their spirit; instead, assist them in learning and provide constructive comments. Allow them to express their thoughts and even assign them the task of organizing the next online team-building activity.

It is to say that managing remote workers is not the easiest thing to do. Hence, employers must find individual approaches to all their employees. This will bring their company to the next level, making all processes run smoothly and efficiently. Retalent's team has already hired numerous remote workers and ready to help you find a perfect fit for your company.