Even though the world is still shaking because of the COVID-19 pandemic and preparing for the next virus strain reveal, remote jobs have been gaining momentum for decades. The spreading of the internet, desktops, powerful smartphones, and all that stuff made it possible to cooperate through the thousand kilometers without a loss of efficiency. And how those globalization trends can save costs now, during the crisis? What should a young founder know about remote work not to struggle if relies on Remote Developers? Let’s go step-by-step.
Probably, we won’t tell you anything new about the COVID pandemic. Maybe only the most obvious and well-known things that relate to remote work. Thus, economies all over the world suffered because of the illness, but quarantine measures seem to be justified as human life is of the highest value. Nobody knows when the world will return to regular life, and that is one of the most distracting aspects of this situation. The only thing people can do is to readjust their working process to the new reality.
The absence of reliable forecasts of when things will return to pre-pandemic order forces doesn’t wait but find solutions now. Of course, those who could switch to working from home are not the most affected companies, but even they met numerous obstacles that should be overcome. However, let’s review the primary pros and cons of working from home for both business founders and developers before making conclusions.
Primary aspects of distance jobs:
Staying with Ukraine in the heart and having over 10 years of experience in Staff Augmentation, Orange Sputnik creates the most suitable conditions to hire developers for companies relying on IT technology.
To achieve the results without the stressful virus pandemic impact like COVID-19, we conducted research called The 2020 State of Remote Work held by Buffer and AngelList. This report includes data and answers from approximately 3,500 remote workers, and the main benefits of working from home look like the following:
However, a remote job approach has advantages also for entrepreneurs. Thus, companies that are ready to employ Remote Developers who work from a distance can expect to have the following benefits:
These are the primary reasons to try a remote cooperation approach as both business owners and developers can benefit from such a cooperation.
To be fair enough, there are plenty of drawbacks to working from home or transitioning process to such kind of cooperation. The most challenging aspect of the nowadays situation is the unexpected need to use remote work since not every employer is ready to see "virtual faces" listed of live persons. In this case, the most obvious issues that a tenant can meet are:
Of course, all these aspects and the difficulties of their implementation depend on the specific case. Thus, some young entrepreneurs may have a small team that is using CRM even for in-office conversations, so switching to work from home may not affect the whole cooperation.
Some businesses may have a person who is responsible for retention practices, so such an individual may adjust the corporate culture and organize something like online drinks to keep positive relations with the staff, which may reduce feelings like loneliness.
However, every founder should take into consideration how workers perceive remote jobs. According to the Buffer and AngelList report, the list of primary shortcomings for those who work from home looks like the following:
Sometimes, startup founders consider work from home as an artificial or temporary obstacle that does not require any psychological and structural adjustments. If it happens a few times a month - it is not a case, indeed.
However, if such a collaboration appears as the necessary measure (COVID-19 would be an excellent example), a founder has to think a lot about the possible changes. In this case, we recommend the following:
As you can see, remote work is a rather a bit more complicated method to deal with the company's needs, which has both positive and negative sides. Even though the advantages of working from home prevail over the drawbacks due to numerous reports and research, some company founders still think it is better to rely on in-house teams.
In such a tough situation, we should rethink our attitude to remote working. It’s not accidental that 95% of those who are working remotely, encourage others to try earning from home. All these facts, once more, confirm that remote jobs bring permanent benefits like fewer in-office expenses and happier developers. It happened that we were focused on this type of cooperation before the pandemic. The coronavirus only enhanced the thought that distant employment has numerous benefits and can be used much more widely and frequently, especially in the IT sector.
CRM systems have already become an integral part of companies worldwide since they are helping to accomplish all the tasks from a checklist of any business. They are mostly used for the automation of processes and gathering all the managing responsibilities in one place. From invoices to email campaigns, from team communication to its management, and from dashboards to sales drivers - CRMs are a multipurpose helper. The decision on which one to choose depends on various aspects, including price and possibilities, while the most popular systems are:
The companies that have already used one of the CRMs before the pandemic, undoubtedly faster, will switch to remote working as most of the processes have been already processed digitally. If someone has never used any customer relationship management tool, it’s time to try at least.
Almost all the mentioned above CRMs have inbuilt time-tracking tools. However, this element deserves special attention in work-from-home conditions as allows to control remote developers and other workers better. Except for time tracking, such software can also make screenshots or record videos of the employee’s screens, keep keystroke logging, monitor the location of the workers, and even measure productivity.
Nevertheless, any business owner should be careful with providing time-tracking tools as every worker can turn from effective hardworking loyal employees to satisfying the parameters only of the specific monitoring application. So, you can try such software but don't think that it will fully replace a controlling function on distance.
As Orange Sputnik providing Staff Augmentation services for European companies for over 10 years, we have plenty of experience in talking about the effectiveness and benefits of employing remote developers. Amid the mentioned above, we guarantee the following benefits of having remote developers:
Our service of hiring Dedicated Remote Developers is an affordable solution for well-established companies, enterprises, and startups. We keep tracking the level of English remains suitable for perfect working communication, cultural fit stays close to our customers, and mentality and core values are similar or close to our customers.
The behavioral element is the essential aspect of cooperation, so we double-check our candidates regardless of what part of the world they are from. Next, we ensure our customers have minimal or zero-time gaps, so European entrepreneurs can also feel all the comfort of working with remote developers.
There is no doubt that the financial factor is vital for small businesses, and the possibility of working with remote staff is a great bonus for technological enterprises. Software developers are one of the most prepared for working from home and startup founders and business owners must understand the benefits of such a cooperation.
As you can see, remote work is a rather a bit more complicated method to deal with the company's needs, which has both positive and negative sides. Even though the advantages of working from home prevail over the drawbacks due to numerous reports and researches, some startup founders and business owners still think it is better to rely on the in-house teams.
In such a tough situation, the attitude to remote working should be rethought. It’s not accidental that 95% of those who are working remotely, encourage others to try earning from home. All these facts, once more confirm that remote jobs bring permanent benefits like fewer in-office expenses and happier developers.
Due to the nature of our work, it happened that we were focused on this type of cooperation before the pandemic. The coronavirus only pumped up the thought that distant employment has numerous benefits and can be used much more widely and frequently, especially in the IT sector.
There is no doubt that Staff Augmentation is the best way to hire remote developers. During our journey of cooperation with startup founders, business owners, and entrepreneurs all over the world, we collected the most reasonable arguments for trying and using this method:
In fact, Staff Augmentation combines the best sides of outsourcing, staffing, and freelancing looks like the collected cream from all remote practices, and that is why it is an excellent way to accelerate your business. Even though COVID-19 is fully a negative phenomenon, IT startups and small businesses received a unique possibility to have a better new way of cooperating. It’s a fait win-win solution, be sure to apply it to your company's strategic development plan.
What do the numbers from the information above say, prove, or dispel? What conclusions have an employer made watching those results? Let’s group them in the following order:
Orange Sputnik is always open to suggest the best Dedicated Developers Teams for your business. The vast talent pool of Remote Developers and our 10+ years experience ensure the best match precisely for your needs.
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