I ran into a former HR colleague at a conference last month. We got to talking and she mentioned she was finding it difficult to hire a cybersecurity expert. I wasn’t surprised. Security talent is scarce in the tech sector right now. “I found someone phenomenal, but she’s in Washington State, and she won’t move to our cybersecurity group in San Francisco,” my friend lamented.
I said the first words that popped into my head: “That’s great.”
Hiring a candidate who is going to work remotely has three levels of benefits.
- The company benefits. Removing location as a limiting factor offers organizations access to (literally) all the talent in the world.
- Hiring managers benefit because they have an opportunity to create diverse teams. For instance, it’s widely accepted that people who come together from different backgrounds bring new information and diverse perspectives.
- Individual employees benefit, because they can live where they want, close to family or perhaps in a place that has the type of climate they prefer.