Even though the world is still shaking because of the COVID-19 pandemic, remote jobs have been gaining momentum for decades. The spreading of the internet, desktops, powerful smartphones, and all that stuff made it possible to cooperate through the thousand kilometers without a loss of efficiency. But how those globalization trends can save costs now, during the crisis? What should a young entrepreneur know about remote work not to struggle if relied on remote developers? Let’s go step-by-step.
Actually, we won’t say anything new about the COVID pandemic, only the most obvious and well-known things that relate to remote work. Thus, economies all over the world suffered because of the illness, but quarantine measures seem to be justified as human life is the highest value. No one knows when the world will return to ordinary life, and that is one of the most distracting aspects of this situation. The only thing people can do is to adjust their working process to the new reality.
The absence of reliable forecasts of when things will return to pre-pandemic order forces doesn’t wait but find solutions now. Of course, those who could switch to working from home are not the most suffered companies, but even they met numerous obstacles that should be overcome. However, let’s review the primary pros and cons of working from home for both startuppers and programmers before making conclusions.
Primary aspects of distance jobs:
To receive the results without a stressful impact of COVID-19, we took research called The 2020 State of Remote Work held by Buffer and AngelList at the beginning of this year. This report includes data and answers from approximately 3500 remote toilers, and the main benefits of work from home look like the following:
However, a remote job approach has advantages also for entrepreneurs. Thus, companies that are ready to employ developers who work from a distance can rely on the following benefits:
These are the primary reasons to try a remote jobs approach as both startuppers and developers can benefit from such a cooperation.
To be fair enough, there are plenty of drawbacks if working from home or transitioning to such kind of cooperation. The most challenging aspect of the nowadays situation is the unexpected need to use remote work as not every employer is ready. In this case, the most obvious issues that a tenant can meet are:
Of course, all these aspects and the difficulty of their implementation depend on the particular case. Thus, some young entrepreneurs may have a small team that is using CRM even for in-office conversations, so switching to work from home may not affect the whole cooperation. Some businesses may have a person who is responsible for retention practices, so such an individual may adjust the corporate culture and organize something like online drinks to keep positive relations with the staff, which may reduce feelings like loneliness.
However, every startupper should take into consideration how the workers perceive remote jobs. According to the Buffer and AngelList report, the list of primary shortcomings for those who work from home look like the following:
Sometimes, startuppers consider work from home as an artificial or temporary obstacle that does not require any psychological and structural adjustments. If it happens a few times a month - it is not a case, indeed. However, if such a collaboration appeared as the necessary measure (COVID-19 is a too excellent example), an entrepreneur has to think a lot about the possible changes. In this case, we recommend the following:
As one can see, remote work is a rather complicated method to deal with the organization’s needs, which has both positive and negative sides. Even though the advantages of working from home prevail over the drawbacks due to numerous reports and research, some startuppers still think it is better to rely on in-house teams.
In such a tough situation, we should rethink our attitude to remote working. It’s not accidental that 95% of those who are working remotely, encourage others to try earning from home. All these facts, once more, confirm that remote jobs bring permanent benefits like fewer in-office spending and happier developers. It happened that we were focused on this type of cooperation before the pandemic. The coronavirus only enhanced the thought that distant employment has numerous benefits and can be used much more widely and frequently, especially in the IT domain.
CRM systems have already become an inevitable part of companies around the globe as help to accomplish all the tasks from a checklist of any business. They are mostly used for the automation of processes and gathering all the managing responsibilities in one place. From invoices to email campaigns, from team communication to its controlling, from statistical board to sales driver - CRMs are a multipurpose helper. The decision on which one to choose depends on various aspects, including price and possibilities, while the most popular systems are:
The firms that have already used one of the CRMs before the pandemic, undoubtedly, will faster switch to distant working as most of the processes have been processed digitally. If someone has never used any customer relationship management tool, it’s time to try at least.
Almost all the mentioned above CRMs have inbuilt time-tracking tools. However, this element deserves special attention in work-from-home conditions as allows to control remote programmers or other workers better. Except for time tracking, such software can also make screenshots or record videos of the employee’s screen, keep keystroke logging, monitor the location of the toiler, and even measure productivity. Nevertheless, any business owner should be careful with providing time-tracking tools as every worker can turn from effective hardworking to satisfying parameters of the specific application. So, one can try such software but not think that it will fully replace a controlling function on distance.
As Orange Sputnik provides Staff Augmentation services for European businesses for more than nine years, we have plenty of experience to talk about the effectiveness and benefits of employing programmers at distance. Amid the mentioned above, we guarantee the following benefits of having remote developers:
Amid the variety of destinations for seeking software programmers, Eastern Europe is the place for special attention. Economic development in those countries is a bit lower compared to Europe, NA or Australia, which requires lower salaries for the same work in programming. At the same time, the level of English is suitable for perfect working communication, while the mentality is very similar to the most developed countries. The behavioural element is the essential aspect of cooperation, which doesn’t make Asia and Africa the best places for hiring a developer. European entrepreneurs can additionally feel all the comfort of working with Ukraine or neighbouring countries due to the almost absent time gap.
There are no doubts that financial factor is vital for small businesses, and the possibility to work with remote staff is a great bonus for technological enterprises. Software engineers are one of the most prepared for working from home and startuppers have to understand the benefits of such a cooperation. The graph below shows the average payroll of the developers across Europe and confirms the claim that Eastern Europe is the place to look at if hiring software coders.
As one can see, remote work is a rather complicated method to deal with the organisation’s needs, which has both positive and negative sides. Even though the advantages of work from home prevail the drawbacks due to numerous reports and researches, some startuppers still think it is better to rely on the in-house teams.
In such a tough situation, the attitude to remote working should be rethought. It’s not accidentally that 95% of those who are working remotely, encourage others to try earning from home. All these facts, once more confirm that remote jobs bring permanent benefits like fewer in-office spendings and happier developers. It happened that we were focused on this type of cooperation before the pandemic. The coronavirus only enhanced the thought that distant employment has numerous benefits and can be used much more widely and frequently, especially in IT.
There are no doubts that Staff Augmentation is the best way to hire remote developers from abroad. During our journey of cooperation with startuppers and entrepreneurs across all over the world, we defined the most reasonable arguments of trying and using this method:
In fact, Staff Augmentation combined the best sides of outsourcing, outstaffing, and freelancing as the clearest remote practices, and that is why it is an excellent way to accelerate your business. Even though COVID-19 is fully a negative phenomenon, IT startups and small businesses received a unique possibility to test a new way of cooperation. It’s a pure win-win situation, don’t afraid to try it.
What can the numbers from previous passages say, prove, or dispel? What conclusions have an employer made watching those results? Let’s group them in the following order:
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