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Should You Hire a “Director of Remote Work”?

January 12th, 2021

Remote work and working from home quickly became the norm in 2020. For many companies, it’s here to stay in some form. According to FastCompany, “the pivot is accelerating the adoption of a fairly new job title for several companies, including Facebook: director of remote work.”

Our recruitment agency in Toronto recognizes managing a team of remote workers is very different than managing an in-house team. It requires additional tech skills and it requires a different approach to how you manage your dispersed team.

Companies planning to maintain their current number of remote workers are looking for alternative ways to manage them. For some, this means hiring a director of remote work or other similar roles.

Remote teams have unique needs, and they need someone to bridge the gap between those who work from home and those who work at the office. Depending on your company’s needs, the number of remote workers, and your strategic plans, the role could take on many shapes and sizes:

  • Remote work recruiting
  • Remote work manager
  • Remote team leader
  • Director of remote work

If you have a really big team, you may have a number of remote work leaders.

Executive search firm explains the pros and cons of hiring a remote work director

What Are the Qualifications for the Role?

A manager of remote work can be thought of as a hybrid role. Our recruitment agency classifies it as a combination of HR and IT. You need someone with experience leading people. The candidate should have strong project and people management skills. They must be a champion for change and agility. The person also needs to have a detailed understanding of the technical side, have excellent problem-solving abilities, and take an innovative approach to how workflows and processes are designed.

Benefits of Hiring a Remote Work Executive

There are a lot of advantages to hiring a remote work leader:

  • Maximize the effectiveness of your remote team
  • Oversee the hiring of remote workers
  • Facilitate remote team communications and engagement
  • Promote organizational culture
  • Ensuring remote roles are in alignment with business objectives

Should You Recruit a Director of Remote Work?

If you are planning to have some, the majority of, or all of your employees work from home, this is a new position our Toronto recruiters recommend you should seriously consider adding. The leader in this position can help you ensure remote employees have proper resources, meet expectations, and assist with your organizational transformation to a more remote and agile organization.

Read More About Remote Work on Our Executive Search Blog

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IQ PARTNERS is an Executive Search & Recruitment firm supporting clients across the country. We help companies hire better, hire less & retain more. We have specialist teams of recruiters in Executive Search / Board & C-Suite, Technology, Media, Digital & Marketing, Accounting & Finance, Financial Services & Insurance, Cannabis, Startup, Data Science, Consumer, eCommerce & Retail, Operations & HR, Manufacturing, Supply Chain & Engineering, Legal & Professional Services, Pharmaceutical & Life Sciences, Non-Profit & Sustainability, and Sales. IQ PARTNERS has its head office in Toronto. Click here to view current job openings and to register with us.

Ross Campbell

Ross Campbell is a Partner and Practice Lead, Financial Services & Insurance with IQ PARTNERS. Celebrating over 10 years of management consulting experience in executive search, recruitment, and training in Canadian financial services and insurance companies, Ross thrives on the belief that business can be done significantly better by investing in the right people.

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