The Basics of Working in a Distributed Team

Recruiting managers expressed frustration in a poll conducted by HackerRank when it came to the increasingly difficult task of attracting and retaining talented software developers. The difficulties they faced included the challenge of identifying eligible applicants, assessing their backgrounds, and conducting interviews. It is essential to be honest with oneself when facing these issues.

As the competition for highly skilled employees intensifies and the recruitment process lengthens, businesses are increasingly turning to remote teams as a viable option. A number of distributed software companies have adopted this approach, such as Automattic, InVision, Zapier, and Buffer. Not only does this enable businesses to access a wider talent pool, but it also provides flexibility and cost savings.

Fortunately, there is no need to completely abandon the traditional office environment in order to capitalise on the potential benefits of a dispersed workforce. According to a survey conducted by Stack Overflow, 53.3% of developers view the ability to work remotely as a priority. Recruiting strategies that enable engineering managers to draw personnel from a more global pool of candidates can lead to a greater range of skills and expertise, lower turnover rates, and an increased ability to attract and retain talented individuals. Moreover, dispersed teams can generate higher levels of productivity and efficiency, reduce overhead costs, and provide a reliable source of new talent.

As technology continues to evolve, so do the ways we can effectively manage remote teams. Video conferencing, online chat, and project management tools are enabling us to create a culture of collaboration and control, even when our employees are working remotely. Through the use of real-time and asynchronous communication, managers can now better foster a sense of camaraderie and maintain oversight of their team’s progress.

At Works, we have worked in collaboration with over 180 partner organisations to refine and further develop ideas from industry professionals on how to successfully and efficiently manage remote teams. To accelerate product development within your own remote team of developers, we suggest utilising the following recommendations, best practices, checklists, and advice.

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