In the past, computer programmers were often associated with being found in the depths of a building, surrounded by pizza boxes and gaming memorabilia – a scene familiar to those who have watched the comedy series ‘The IT Crowd’. Nowadays, with the increasing trend of remote coding opportunities, a programmer can start their day in the comfort of their own home, without having to leave the house. This is certainly not a bad situation to be in. Companies such as Tynker and STEM are setting up programmes to introduce coding to children from kindergarten level, and Mark Zuckerberg has recently been vocal about the importance of computer science education in secondary and tertiary institutions.
Experts believe that the current estimate of 20 million developers globally is far too low. As the number of programmers joining the workforce continues to rise, the potential for telecommuting is reaching unprecedented levels. Consequently, it is almost certain that your company will require the services of a coder at some point, potentially from a distant location. To quote from our post, ‘Why the Local Candidate Isn’t Always the Right Candidate’: “The educational institutions in the region may not be teaching the necessary skills that a certain organisation requires.” There is an increasing demand for programmers worldwide, with their specialist skills becoming increasingly valuable in the market.
It is essential to be aware of the necessary skills and qualities required to be a successful remote programming manager. If you keep the following five pieces of advice from experienced programmers in mind, you will be able to confidently take on the role regardless of the initial apprehension. Are you looking for more professionals like them? If so, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.
How to Keep Your Programmable Remote Working Properly
RelevanceMy recent discussions with remote programmers revealed an alarming issue: they often felt that their work was not being given the attention it deserved. Working remotely has become increasingly commonplace, yet it is easy to forget that there may be someone on the other side of the world working hard on code for our projects. As a manager, it is essential to ensure that your programmers know that their hard work is valued and appreciated. One way to do this is to schedule regular calls with your remote programming staff, show your appreciation when they meet deadlines or go beyond expectations, and accept their acclaim graciously. If you are worried that loneliness is impacting your remote workers, consider implementing some collaborative coding projects. Jeff Atwood, co-founder of Stack Overflow, recently discussed the benefits of having a collaborative development team, which I can personally attest to as my own team was always there to provide support and assistance with any difficulties I encountered with functionality or implementation.
Get organised.Initiate targets and deadlines It is important to keep regular communication open with your developers in order to ensure that any potential misunderstandings regarding ongoing initiatives are promptly addressed. Even the slightest interruption can have a significant impact on productivity; for instance, a remote programmer could potentially lose fifteen minutes of productivity due to a two-second interruption. Therefore, holding regular meetings with your team would not only keep them updated, but also reduce the need for any additional follow-up communication. I hope that your team is spared the distraction of having to meet my toddler.
Relax with a Cup of Coffee and Try Not to Freak Out.
How to Talk to Your Coder
Communication should be a top priority.One of the most effective ways to support remote developers is to ensure open and effective communication. By providing clear direction and expectations in advance, developers can better understand the requirements of the task and deliver the desired results.
Stay out of the details.Developers are often admired for their ability to easily transition between analytical and creative modes of thought. To enable them to reach their full potential, it is important to ensure they have autonomy in their job and not to intervene too much when difficulties arise. According to the article ‘Why Home Is Best for Developers’, it is suggested that “staying at a desk and staring at the problem only serves to increase frustration”. Steve Bennett, head of projects at Soliant Consulting, noted that “there are many other factors that contribute to a developer’s productivity”. Keeping a developer in the workplace won’t necessarily enhance their motivation or work ethic; similarly, to other creative minds, developers may need to take a break from coding to find a solution.
Get in touchIt is essential that, as a manager, you are readily available online. One of the programmers I spoke with acknowledged that it would be preferable to approach you directly for queries, however, this is unfortunately not feasible given our remote set-up. The morale of your developers may decrease if you are continuously unavailable or take too long to respond, particularly if they have taken the time to familiarise themselves with the organisation’s preferred method of electronic communication.
A Content Programmer Is More Productive.
It is often mistakenly assumed that remote programmers spend their days watching repeats of The Lord of the Rings and creating their own computer language. However, a talented programmer on your team can be very beneficial. The required level of care and attention may vary, but with some experience, you can find a good balance. Ensuring the effectiveness of your remote programmer can be achieved through clear and open communication, setting achievable goals, appreciating their efforts and setting reasonable expectations. Our recent blog post on obtaining technical talent revealed that remote programmers are more productive than those based in the office. Bill Bryson famously said that “a computer is a stupid machine with the power to do incredible things, while a computer programmer is a smart person with the capacity to do amazingly stupid things”. In a nutshell, it’s a great combination.
At Works, we understand that remote employment can be incredibly beneficial for programmers. That is why we strive to find the perfect fit for your business. We are dedicated to providing you with an efficient and tailored service that will match you with the right programmer. So, if you are interested in taking advantage of remote employment, why wait? Get in touch with us today and we can start the process of finding you the perfect programmer.