FAQ: How to Convince Your Team to go Remote

Transitioning from working with in-house teams to remote teams can be challenging. Part of the challenge is convincing the executives or key decision-makers in your organization how going remote is beneficial for the company. Therefore, we created this quick guide to nail down the questions you’d expect (about going remote) and the corresponding answers.

Essentially, you already know that hiring remote workers for projects provides the organization with a chance to add top talent without being limited by geographical location. Besides, after the Covid-19 pandemic hit the globe in early 2020, organizations’ workplace is changing. Companies that have switched fully to remote teams or a compromise of a hybrid system report quick & cheap hiring costs, better outcomes, and improved productivity, among other things.

Frequently Asked Questions About Going Remote

a) Why Care about remote teams?

Global trends are fast-changing than earlier anticipated. Companies stand to gain from a remote model by acquiring top talent irrespective of where they are located worldwide. To put things in context, deliberate the following:

  • About 77% of remote workers admit they’re more productive when working remotely.
  • The cost of recruiting an employee is between 15 to 25% of their annual salary. Hiring remote teams can significantly reduce these costs.
  • According to McKinsey, online talent platforms will contribute about 2% (roughly $ 2.7 trillion) of the global GDP by 2025.

As the workplace revolution continues, traditional recruiting methods will increasingly dismiss exceptional talent and confine teams from accessing the most exemplary employees available. Therefore, in order to thrive and survive, you ought to incorporate remote talent early in your organization.

b) Why focusing on local talent is not good in the current era?

First, ask yourself if the local talent can deliver your project perfectly. What is the probability of finding the best fit for your development team nearby?
To exclusively answer this question, you’ll need to go back to what has happened previously at your company. Has the company been able to fill all positions quickly and reliably enough? What about retaining the hired workers?

If your answer is no, or you’re uncertain, then there are gaps in your hiring and work processes. Perhaps, it takes you weeks or even months to fill team positions only to lose them shortly, causing your ROI to go down the drain. Hiring remote talents will add agility the teams so desperately need to flourish and become competitive in the industry.

c) How and where to use remote consultants?

Integrating remote teams to blend seamlessly with the in-office workflows is not an overnight thing. It would be best if you started small and build up progressively when switching to a remote workforce. To achieve this, do the following:

  • Start with an area where it’s challenging to find skills nearby. For example, a project that needs developers that are unavailable or scarce locally.
  • Experiment with short-term projects with clear deliverables and milestones defined.
  • Consider and focus on hiring in areas that the current team lacks skills. Also, you can consider hiring for specialized skills on a short-term basis at first.

d) How do we know that remote consultants increase our ROI?

One of the perks and claims you know about the remote workforce is reducing hiring costs, improving employee retention rate, and increasing profits (ROI). Primarily, metrics such as the speed of hire, quality, outside perspective, and how remote teams leverage differences in time zones climax how you can easily reap maximum on the investments.

e) What are the cons of a remote model?

Going remote has a few but very manageable downsides.

  • You’ll need to bring onboard collaboration and communication tools for the remote teams to work effortlessly—for example, Zoom, slack, etc.
  • The current project management will need some incentives to accommodate the new needs brought by remote team members.
  • You might experience business culture shock as not all your internal culture may blend well with remote teams.

Bottom Line

Remote teams are the future of the workplace. Especially for tech teams, sourcing developers from beyond your geographical location is key to developing products that reflect end-users’ diversity and preferences while achieving quick turnarounds. Nonetheless, the software development industry is strides ahead of others in terms of tools and resources available to developers to collaborate virtually impeccably.

In need of remote developers? DevReady has got you covered. Schedule a call with us today to learn how we can help make the transition easy and more enjoyable for you.

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