Over the last decade, the world has rapidly been embracing remote work. Strategy Analytics predicts that by 2022, 1.87 billion people - amounting to 42.5% of the global workforce - will be working remotely . The global pandemic of 2020 has merely hastened the inevitable. Remote development teams will become more the norm.
Many corporate functions, and certain entire organizations, will be shifting to a remote working policy now and in the near future, either full-time or part-time. This is the future of work.
Icicle has been well ahead of the curve on this trend, employing a distributed team of remote programmers since 2011. We already have the tools and processes in place to allow us to perform remote project management efficiently. Our clients have been using our pool of experienced developers to create customized remote development teams for over a decade now.
A remote product team presents employers with a host of advantages and a few challenges. Given that the shift to remote work has been catalyzed in recent times, we wanted to highlight these aspects of remote work, how Icicle can bring you the benefits, and how we overcome the challenges.
If you have never considered employing a remote development team for your tech requirements, now is the time.
Huge Benefits To Employing A Remote Development Team
Remote Programmers are More Productive
A study by TinyPulse found that 91% of remote workers believe they get more work done. Goremotely reports that 83% of entrepreneurs claim that flexible hours boosted their productivity. There are a number of other studies that attest to the same.
This is perhaps not surprising, because individuals who work from home are free from the distractions of the office as well as a time-consuming (and often tiring) commute, among other things. This time and energy can be refocused on their work.
A Remote Product Team Reduces Office Space Costs
The office rent is always going up, especially in major cities. More than being just a perk for employees, remote working presents a serious business opportunity with an impact on the bottom-line.
Dell has a flexible work program that allows employees to work remotely and at variable hours. This has wound up saving Dell an average of $12 million annually since 2014 due to reduced office space requirements.
A remote development team would also be less costly than an offshore team that needs to assemble in an office because for an offshore team you will be partially paying for their office space costs as well.
Icicle offers the same advantages of an offshore team at a far lesser cost.
Hire from Anywhere at Lower Cost
Yet another money-saving advantage is the ability to hire non-local talent. Local talent, particularly in developed markets, can come quite expensive. Or there can be an outright dearth of local talent.
Even in the major cities of the world, where you would find the biggest pools of professionals to hire, you would be competing with some of the biggest brands in the world who have very deep pockets.
With remote working, you can hire quality talent from anywhere in the world. Geographies, where talent costs are less, are now open to you. This might be why small companies are two times more likely to hire full-time remote employees.
With Icicle, you’ll have no trouble finding professional developers with the relevant technical qualifications and experience that you need for your project.
A Remote Team Needn’t be a Team of Freelancers
For a long time, remote working was mainly the domain of freelancers. While that is changing, there are still certain challenges in hiring a remote software developer that you don’t know. How can you be sure about their credentials? Will they dedicate all of their time to you, or do they have other clients? What will be the quality of their work?
With Icicle at your side, these concerns are neutralized. Our network consists of vetted professionals that are on our payroll, and are available for you to hire. We bring a guarantee of accountability and professionalism.
Hire a Development Team and get to Work Immediately
Often times, an organization needs technical work done for a particular sprint, after which their requirement ends. With Icicle, you don’t have to worry about the hiring process, onboarding contractors, payroll, and all the HR paperwork. We will handle all of the back-office tasks.
If you need to hire a team of developers, all you have to do is tell us your requirements, we will put the team together, and you will be able to start working directly with them. Forget the stress and focus on your project. Leave the rest to us.
Challenges of Working With a Remote Team
Now, while there are several benefits to working with a remote team, there is no doubt that it also come with its own challenges. Some of the biggest challenges that companies might face are:
Changes in Company Culture
A change in the structure of a workday, a shift in employee skillsets, or even a modification in how teams operate are just some of the changes that can take place, or may in fact be required to take place.
Challenges of Remote Hiring and Onboarding
Hiring will pose new challenges to HR teams. They will have to adapt to reading body language and intonation over a video call, and this may require new training. Onboarding will face challenges in integrating a new hire into the company culture and making them feel like part of the team.
New Technologies for Remote Development
There are tools for everything. Every aspect of work, including project management, communication, customer engagement, and more can be monitored and adjusted in real-time so that employees can work remotely without losing sight of productivity.
A robust ecosystem of tools is a must to ensure that business goals are met in a remote working scenario.
Concerns about Employee Productivity
Reduced employee productivity and focus are the top concerns of managers when it comes to remote working. This is understandable, especially for managers who are used to monitoring their team on-site. How does one make sure that the demands of professionalism are being met by remote workers?
Icicle is Remote Ready. Your Team of Developers Await You.
In a time when companies have struggled to meet the sudden demands of remote work, we at Icicle are continuing to provide value to our clients.
Remote Working Requires New Tools and Processes
Since we have been remote for over a decade, we have the necessary tools and processes in place to enable us to start working remotely with you immediately and efficiently. Our staff has all the requisite training and years of experience in this model of work.
Companies New to Remote Work are Still Finding Their Feet
Many companies that are in the process of shifting to a remote working policy are finding it difficult to adapt.
At Icicle, we found our feet in the remote working paradigm years ago. We are ready to liaise with you, and in a way that will not affect your company culture and team dynamics.
We have Top Developers from across the World
We are not restricted by local presence. We attract the best talent from across the world and make them available for your development needs.
Try Remote Development
The shift to remote working has long since been coming. Technology has transformed the way society conducts business, learns, and solves problems. And remote work is an essential aspect of the future.
For many companies, the initial days may feel like walking on shaky ground. The ideal scenario would be to partner with someone who has vast experience in remotely delivering desired organizational outcomes.
And the fact remains that although remote project management presents challenges, they are easily overcome with technology and processes.
Further, the advantages that come when you hire remote developers are just too good to pass up. Massive savings, sheer convenience, and the reduction of tedious tasks so that you can focus on your business will all lead to a positive impact on your bottom line.
Let’s talk today about what a remote development team can do for you.
- Study: "What Leaders Need To Know About Remote Workers" from TINYpulse
- Study: "2019 Global Talent Trends" from LinkedIn
- Study: "State of Remote Work 2017" from Owl Labs
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