Remote Work Certification Helps Both Employers and Employees by Reducing Unknowns

New Employer, New Employee = Fear of the Unknown 

A new hire. A new job. 

The word new in this context expresses unknown

In a situation where a new employee is brought onto a team, there are a lot of unknowns on both sides: 

The employee is not certain of what to expect of their new position and team; and 

The employer is not sure whether the employee will be a good fit or not.

Those unknowns can cause tension and anxiety, not to mention unmet expectations, dissatisfaction, disengagement, and employee turnover.  

In a remote environment, there are even more unknowns because you must rely only on virtual communication methods to communicate and understand expectations. 

How can you reduce unknowns?

There are several ways you can reduce the number of unknowns in a new hire situation. 

Remote Employers can: 

  • Thoroughly vet candidates by going through various rounds of interviews, including video interviews, and checking references
  • Requesting proof or examples of past work 
  • Require credentials that demonstrate competency or proficiency in a given area 

Remote Employees can: 

  • Ask questions throughout the hiring process about what to expect in the position 
  • Thoroughly research the company 
  • Request onboarding materials to prepare for work 

Remote Work Certification Helps both Employers and Employees

Remote Work Certification is a credential that proves to employers that a new hire understands the core concepts that are critical to remote work success: 

  • What a remote workday looks like 
  • Effective communication 
  • Workflow organization 
  • Productivity and time management 
  • Collaborating with team members 
  • Keeping information secure and staying compliant 
  • Using critical thinking skills to solve problems autonomously 

When an employer sees that a candidate has this certification, there is no unknown about whether or not their new hire understands what it takes to succeed remotely. 

Additionally, when a new hire possesses the Remote Work Certification, they know that the worker has the hard and soft skills necessary to be a dependable autonomous worker, such as: 

They know how to work in a virtual team.

The Workplaceless Certification program is uniquely designed to engage learners in workflows that mimic the operational models of remote-friendly companies, including group video calls, group collaboration, project management software, and community forum channels. Their familiarity with these resources means less training time for you during their onboarding.

They are proactive.

Because remote work certification isn’t yet a universal requirement, an applicant with this credential proves that they are willing to go above and beyond the minimum requirements in their work. 

They have a commitment to learning.

As remote-friendly executives know, virtual work is able to move at an even faster pace than in colocated companies. So, it’s crucial that all team members are flexible and adaptable to new ideas and tools.


On the employee side, when an employer recognizes the Remote Work Certification credential, it signals to the employee that the organization utilizes the concepts presented in the program, which in turn clarifies expectations regarding working remotely. When you clarify expectations, you reduce uncertainty, and you set the stage for a more productive, effective, and positive working relationship. 

Remote Work Certification is Now Available! 

Workplaceless is now enrolling proactive, dedicated learners in its Remote Work Certification program—if you are an aspiring remote worker, you can enroll right now

Remote employers can directly enroll their employees here, or they can contact Workplaceless for information on enrolling large groups. 

 

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