How to benefit from hiring remote developers
While it may be a tricky transition, it’s becoming increasingly necessary for companies to adopt remote hiring as the new standard. But the transition is worth it, because both your team members and your bottom-line can benefit in the long-term.
The IT industry stands in the center of progress by constantly empowering us with better technology for long-distance play, communication, cooperation, and project management.
Companies in the very same industry are at the forefront of gig economy and remote work, and the World Economic Forum named flexible work “one of the biggest drivers of transformation” last year.
The transformation is happening, and knowledge workers have realised long ago that if they only need a laptop and internet access to work, they can do it from anywhere in the world. And they will actively look for employers that accept this reality and provide job opportunities in which remote workers can thrive.
Those employers are setting themselves up for receiving many of the long-term benefits of distributed teams. What exactly are those benefits?
The Human & Business Benefits of Remote Hiring
Working remotely reduces interruptions
Knowledge work, such as software development or any creative job, typically requires long periods of solitude, peace and quiet. To perform at their very best, most engineers and creative people need the ability to focus on their work for hours on end without any interruptions.
This has much to do with being “in the zone”, a term that describes a peculiar state that knowledge workers, creatives and athletes get when they commit to hours of uninterrupted problem-solving, creating or practice.
Amidst the endless small-talk and commotion of an office environment, getting into the zone can be hard. What’s more, being disturbed while at work leads to more mistakes.
One study found that if people are interrupted even while performing simple tasks, the chance of them making an error grows drastically: “2.8 seconds of interruption doubled the rate of errors, and 4.4 seconds of interruption tripled the rate of errors.”
We can only imagine how much bigger the problem gets when instead of simple tasks, somebody is constantly interrupted while solving complex computational problems. On the other hand, when people are given the option to work whenever and wherever they please, they can create the perfect work conditions for themselves.
Unlimited talent pool
A strict office-only policy limits a company only to local talent pools and workers who are willing to relocate.
Whereas a lenient virtual work policy enables businesses to hire talented workers regardless of where they’re from.
For various business needs there are plenty of options to hire remote workers:
- Job boards like Remote.co or Remote.ok
- Freelance sites like UpWork
- Outstaffing solutions like (a bit of blatant self-promotion) Talmatic
The main difference between them is the hiring process.
With job boards you can only post an opening, promote it across your marketing channels and wait for things to happen – the actual hiring process is all in your hands.
On freelance sites, workers have to promote themselves to get to the top of their categories, and you don’t actually hire them, you just pay them to do a specific job for you on a project basis.
Outstaffing providers rely on a pre-vetted network of companies and talented workers, which allows companies like ours to take over a large chunk of the hiring process for a seamless and fast onboarding of remote developers.
Distributed work opens companies up to much greater flexibility in project management because they aren’t limited to the complex and costly traditional hiring process. Which comes in handy when clients order projects with requirements that go beyond the capabilities of your existing team.
Training your developers in a particular technology just for one project might be too much of a strain for your budget. Wouldn’t it make more sense to just hire a remote developer with the necessary skills for the length of the project?
This has several advantages.
For example, the costs are smaller. You pay only for the work, not for taxes, office equipment and downtime in-between projects. It’s also a good way to build your network – if you hire a remote developer for one project, you have a candidate to rehire if you get a similar project again.
GitHub is well known for its innovative approach to software development, but their approach to hiring and management is just as progressive.
One of the biggest benefits of remote work that GitHub representatives have shared in a Q&A is diversity:
“Hiring people from different locations naturally helps you avoid them[monocultures] by giving you a huge injection of diversity”
Having a distributed team allows you to take advantage of a wide range of different cultural perspectives. For companies that provide solutions for the global market – like GitHub – this is particularly useful.
This diversity also inspires each team member to stay on top of their game and be more professional.
Remote hiring is becoming increasingly essential
Companies are always fighting for an edge over competitors. Adopting a remote work policy is a good next step for managers that are noticing the limitation of in-house teams and geographically limited hiring.
Market leaders are already doing it, and the transformation train isn’t stopping. If you haven’t already done so, then it’s time to get on-board and integrate remote work into your business.