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More employers are shifting to a remote-work model, fully or as a hybrid option, as technology advances and creates greater workplace capabilities The move has been successful for many companies because it allows for business continuity and increases employee productivity and satisfaction. It has been embraced by many self-storage suppliers and some facility operators.

It is important to be open to the possibility as more businesses use a work-from- home approach. With increased demand for fully remote positions, most job applicants place flexible work options at the top of their priority list today. What does it mean for you as a self-storage employer?

You will be able to cast a wider net when looking for talent, and you will be able to choose from the top applicants on a national level. Administrative human resources challenges are created when it comes to handling important documents and data in a virtual office environment. Here are a few things you can do to navigate the new landscape.

When hiring, use a system that tracks applicants. You can keep applicants’ information organized and manage the entire process from posting jobs to conducting interviews.

It’s time to implement an electronic system. As employees transition from a candidate to a new hire, these platforms handle all the forms. If you want a smooth transition, make sure your system works together.

You can use a remote-time and attendance platform. It’s possible to save your company valuable energy by getting help to track employee time off and paid time off. It is possible to increase efficiency, improve internal controls and reduce costs, regardless of where your employees work.

Use electronic payroll to pay your taxes. Mail delays can be caused by many unforeseen factors which can affect the delivery of employee paychecks. One way to prevent interruption is to use an electronic payment option. You can set up direct deposit or pay cards.

Talk to an expert when you are in doubt. If you look beyond your state borders, you’ll find a larger talent pool for hiring remote workers. Legal considerations can vary by state when it comes to hiring and managing remote employees. If you talk to an HR expert, you can prevent costly errors.

Alpha Staff is a professional employer organization that offers a suite of human resources services, technology solutions, employee benefit offerings and more. She has 17 years of experience in account management, employee-benefits sales and operations, and general management The Storage Business Owners Alliance is a buying group for self-storage operators. You can call for more information.