The Basics of Working in a Distributed Team

According to a recent poll by HackerRank, hiring managers are feeling increasingly frustrated in their efforts to attract and retain skilled software developers. The challenges they face include the difficulty in identifying eligible candidates, evaluating their qualifications, and conducting effective interviews. It is crucial to confront these issues with honesty and determination.

Due to the increasing competition for top talent and a longer recruitment process, many businesses are turning to remote teams as a viable solution. Several software companies that operate remotely, such as Automattic, InVision, Zapier, and Buffer, have successfully implemented this approach. Not only does remote work allow businesses to access a wider pool of talent, it also provides flexibility and cost-saving benefits.

Fortunately, businesses can reap the potential benefits of a dispersed workforce without eliminating the traditional office environment entirely. According to a survey by Stack Overflow, 53.3% of developers consider the ability to work remotely as a priority. By implementing recruiting strategies that enable engineering managers to hire personnel from a more global pool of candidates, businesses can access a wider range of skills and expertise, reduce turnover rates, and attract and retain talented individuals. Additionally, distributed teams tend to be more productive and efficient, lower overhead costs, and offer a reliable source of new talent.

Technology is continuously advancing, providing new ways to effectively manage remote teams. Video conferencing, online chat, and project management tools allow us to cultivate a collaborative culture and maintain control, even when our team members are working remotely. Utilizing real-time and asynchronous communication, managers can build camaraderie and effectively oversee their team’s progress.

At Works, we have collaborated with more than 180 partner organizations to refine and advance ideas from industry experts on how to efficiently and effectively manage remote teams. To expedite product development within your own remote developer team, our recommendations, best practices, checklists, and advice can be of great help.

Check out our article on Things to Avoid When Hiring Remote Employees

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