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Many people have reservations about hiring remote software developers. These include things like:
- Failures of communication around processes, expectations, and deadlines
- Difficulties building trust
- Managing remote developers requires a completely different management style
- Cross-cultural conflicts and miscommunications
These are legitimate concerns. When working with a remote developer, care must be taken to prevent such difficulties from arising. However, this doesn’t mean you should avoid hiring remote software developers altogether.
Most of the problems above can be easily resolved with the help of a well-planned remote work strategy and tech such as Google Hangouts, quick chat software, Trello, Google Docs – the list goes on!
Used in the right way, remote software developers offer a lot of benefits. In this post we’ll explore 4 ways they can help your company.
Expand your talent pool exponentially
Say your company is based in London, and you’re looking for a Node developer. Are there solid local candidates? Of course. Is there intense competition for those candidates? Without a doubt. These days, there are 5 jobs to every 1 developer. Expanding your candidate pool is one of the best ways to get hold of top notch talent. You can still put them through the same rigorous interview process you put everyone else through. But keep in mind developers can literally do their jobs from anywhere in the world. So, if there is a super-talented Node developer working in Dublin because he wants to be close to his family, why count him or her out?
Developers highly value the ability to work remotely
You might have a fantastic office with amazing views of the city, free snacks, chefs to cook lunch daily, and a game room – but according to most developer surveys the ability to work remotely is one of their most important job evaluation criteria. Just having the option available instantly makes your company more attractive, because it speaks volumes about your company culture. All the office perks are available, but if you’re more comfortable at home – by all means!
The developer is free to create their ideal work environment
Generally speaking, in order to perform to the best of their ability a software developer needs (a) a private office, (b) flexible hours, and (c) a short commute. With remote workers, you can check off all three. Give them the tools they want to be successful, like the latest MacBook with two 27” Retina displays and a massage chair, and let them set up their workspace just how they like it. They’ll be able to work when they want, whether it’s 9 to 5, or 3 to 3. And does a commute get shorter than that from the bedroom to the home office setup? Hiring remote workers allows you to cut the unnecessary commute, and helps increase productivity.
Eliminate ‘office culture’ distractions
For software developers, train of thought is everything. When they are in their “‘coding zone”’, even a 30 second distraction can wreck their train of thought and require them to spend an extra few minutes figuring out just where they were and what they were thinking of. By allowing remote work, your developer sets up their environment to be free from what they feel distracts them.
There are still many misconceptions and bias when it comes to hiring remote software developers. Some managers still believe that whenever they allow an employee to work from home, they are basically giving that person the day off. However, the solutions to make remote work actually “work” are endless. And it’s a trend that is catching on. Some predictions say that by 2025, 50% of the total working population could be working remotely.
While this may sound scary for a lot of IT company managers, statistics show that there’s no need to worry. Instead, it’s better to look to the future and embrace the change rather than hammer on with old, outdated ways of working.
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