When Qualified Workers Are in Short Supply, What Are the Benefits and Drawbacks of Using a Remote Workforce?

Recently, employers have been presented with more choices when it comes to hiring workers, beyond the traditional in-house and outsourcing models. The modern workplace has evolved to feature a dispersed workforce, with team members completing their tasks from a variety of locations, rather than the office. This has enabled businesses to benefit from a more flexible and diverse workforce, while also providing employees with more opportunities to work remotely.

Due to the proliferation of online collaboration platforms, the competition for highly skilled personnel has intensified. In particular, there is a particularly high demand for software engineers. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job market for software engineers is predicted to grow by 22 percent from 2012 to 2022. Automatic, the company behind WordPress, has adopted a fully remote workforce to meet its staffing needs.

Despite the potential advantages of remote working, there is often reluctance to embrace new ideas. It is widely accepted that work relationships are strengthened and teamwork enhanced through physical proximity, and as a result, many software companies are now insisting that their engineers remain ‘co-located’ in the same geographical area.

It is important to assess whether a decentralized approach to development will be beneficial to a particular project before making a decision. Factors to consider include the size and complexity of the project, the number of resources available, and the desired timeline for completion. Additionally, evaluating the advantages and disadvantages of a decentralized approach compared to more traditional development strategies can help to make the most informed choice for the organization.

Cases when distributed programming cannot be used.

Quick responses. Tasks requiring hourly or daily turnarounds may be difficult for regionally distributed teams to complete.

The absence of a unified foundation can be a hindrance to the effectiveness of distributed development. To ensure successful outcomes, certain organizational structures, resources, and procedures must be established. A 2009 case study of Microsoft’s software developers demonstrated the importance of management tools, clearly defined protocols, and the synchronization of dispersed team members. All of these elements were essential for a successful remote workforce.

In light of the fact that it can be difficult to accurately assess the skills of remote employees, it is important that we take the time to thoroughly vet any potential hires. Unfortunately, this can be a time-consuming process, and it is all too easy to be tempted to forgo the vetting process in order to save money. However, this can be a false economy as the effort that goes into onboarding, managing and correcting issues with the employee can easily outweigh the initial savings.

When it makes sense to use a distributed development model.

It is critical to a business’s success to have access to the best possible talent. While the quality of offshore developers can be inconsistent, it is important to remember that extraordinary individuals can be found across the globe. As a savvy business owner, it is important to not limit yourself to only hiring locally; with the right resources, you can access a much wider talent pool.

The scarcity of qualified personnel is becoming more and more prominent. When I was employed at 2U, an educational technology company that partners with universities to offer online degree programs, we had difficulty finding entry-level Salesforce engineers, even for salaries that are higher than what most people would expect. Despite the rising demand for these professionals, there is still a significant shortage of skilled programmers. Companies can either wait for the situation to improve or take proactive steps now to locate the personnel they need through any available resources.

As businesses of all sizes look to the future, they must find ways to develop a pool of qualified applicants from around the globe. At Works, we recognize this challenge and have taken steps to ensure our clients have access to the best talent available. To this end, we have invested in employee training programs in some of the world’s most promising markets. By taking action now, we are helping to ensure our clients have access to a skilled workforce in the years to come.

As the demand for qualified Information Technology (IT) professionals continues to outpace the supply, wages for software developers in the United States are increasing. However, businesses looking to employ these highly-skilled individuals may still find cost-effective solutions by utilizing a remote hiring strategy. This approach may enable employers to access experienced engineers at a lower cost than they would have been able to otherwise.

Impact sourcing has been shown to have a positive social effect, providing reliable income streams for people from disadvantaged backgrounds. Additionally, there are several business advantages to having a diverse workforce. A study conducted by the Centre for Talent Innovation in December 2022 revealed that more diverse workplaces tend to have higher rates of creative problem solving. This demonstrates that businesses that prioritize diversity will benefit from increased productivity and innovation.

If you are contemplating taking the plunge into distributed development, the criteria outlined above should act as an adequate starting point for your assessment.

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