Are you still skeptical about hiring remote Developers for you team? Wondering if it will prove right for your team or not?
The transformation to remote isn't as risky as you think. From an increased productivity to lower operations cost, the benefits that can be reaped from remote hiring is immense. However, do not take these words straight away. Understand this with examples of an in-depth study and statistics to know how Stripe, Coffee meets bagel and others are now embracing remote teams.
Remote Developers are more productive
Software Developers are mostly rated based on their productivity, than their ability to perform a variety of tasks. A remote Developer, who can be more productive, working in their own time zones, can bring much more in 4 hours than someone working in your premises for a typical 8 hours.
Hire a remote Developer, who can work when they are most in their zone. Instead of having them come to your premises, work for 8 hours, with coffee breaks and lunch breaks in between, hire remote Developers and assign them the tasks for the day. Allow them to work at their comfort levels. Let them be specific about the number of hours they worked for completing the tasks, and then you pay them for the hours they worked. This will end up as a huge benefit for you for paying the Developer on per hour basis. And, for the Developers, they will comfortably work from their own place, at their comfort levels, showing more productivity, bringing more output in lesser number of hours.
No matter how niche your requirements are, you can still find the best talent
41% of employers say that talent shortage is an issue they face when hiring developers — 2019 Developer Skills Report, HackerRank
Great Developers, who are specialized in niche technologies are always high in demand. This makes it very difficult to find one immediately, when you are in need. A Developer specialized in cutting edge technology like NodeJS and Microservices or Progressive Web Apps, cannot be found immediately, no matter how much you are willing to pay.
By opening up an option for remote hiring, you will be expanding your access to a larger pool significantly. You will be able to hire Developers from anywhere, including those who may not want to travel to your location, but can still competently work as a full-time dedicated Developer on your project.
Lower infrastructure cost
NVIDIA spent $370 million on their headquarters design to “to reflect their own unique personalities, to attract the best talent, and inspire employees to collaborate” — via VentureBeat
A work place that is built in a great location, with the best design architecture, with the best technology and systems infrastructure, and that is highly appealing for the people to work there, will definitely not come for you at a lower cost. By hiring remote Developers, you don't need to spend much on physical work place.
When you hire a remote Developer, you are bringing down the cost to a significant extent, by paying them only for their work, and for the execution of your project. The system they work on, the cost for broad band connection, everything will be taken care of by the IT Vendor from whom you have hired remote Developers. You also need not include all these in the package you pay to them either.
This is why remote hiring model has proved very good for Start-ups , who do not own an office space at all or whose office is not enough spacious or equipped for the number of Developers they will need for executing their project.
Lower employment costs
Approximate cost of hiring a full-time developer with 5 years experience ($198,974) vs hiring a Remote Developer ($107,400-$179,000) — Cost of Hiring Full-Time vs. Remote Software Developers
When you are hiring a full-time Developer, instead of a remote Developer, you will need to take care of other benefits, apart from their salary, that includes medical benefits, insurance, travel allowance, and so on. Further, perks such as bonus , over time and more.
When you are hiring a remote Developer, these expenses come in the domain or IT Vendor from where you hired the remote Developer.
Experienced Developers, who work remotely are more motivated
After implementing Scrum, there is a significant difference in the motivation levels of experienced remote team members. — Motivation and Autonomy in Global Software Development, Global Sourcing of Digital Services: Micro and Macro Perspectives
Remote hiring can be risky, provided the remote Developers are not equipped with the right systems to handle remote work and communication.
Project tracker tools like Jira, Communication channels like Zoom screen sharing and slack, time tracker like Time Doctor, agile processes, daily scrum stand up calls can help you stay connected with them throughout and it is also one of the best motivational factors for the remote Developers to work.
Availability around the Clock (E.g. DevOps)
“End users expect always on and incredible speed. To make that happen, tech companies need to match with continuous ways to track consumer feedback, fix bugs, and release the latest and greatest product.” — 6 Remote Team Trends,
We all live in a world where we are used to instant gratification and immediate actions. If Face book is down, we expect it to start working in minutes and not hours. Similarly, if an application is down with a bug, we need it patched immediately.
In traditional work day, this is hard to achieve unless you have a team that works day and night. If you have remote Developers working in another time zone, you will have a round-the clock team, with continuous development, continuous integration and continuous deployment.
Avoid the pain of sponsoring Visa
There are a total of 85,000 H1-B (international) US skilled working visas, and it’s gamed towards tech giants. — Recent Changes To The H1B Visa Program And What Is Coming In 2019, Forbes
85,000 H1-B visas is not a huge pool to have a good chance with. If you have found an efficient Developer and if he is not from your Country, then, bringing him in to your country and having him work at your location can get very difficult. This is due to the recent immigration policy changes, which has resulted in longer wait times. You might lose out on a potential Developer, who will gradually lose hopes on getting the work permit.
Instead, allow him to start working remotely from his own location. This will save you cost on the visa sponsorship too.
Your Company will be prepared for the remote work future
“Automattic, Buffer, GitLab, Invision, and Zapier all have from 100 to nearly 1,000 remote employees.” — Remote Workers and Nomads Represent the Next Tech Hub, TechCrunch
The future work is remote and this literally means, you don't need to own a swanky work place in a tech park or a large IT hub.
Instead, get equipped with systems that will support you to have a remote work force. This will also come for one-third of the cost compared with owning a luxurious work place. Don't become a company that gets left behind, just because you are not getting the right talent to get your job done.
Capitalize on to-the-point communication and collaboration skills
“For more complex or personal ideas, (use) video conferencing platforms. On the flipside, it’s just as important to set up channels for friendly banter; tools like Slack or HipChat.” — 3 Keys to Building a Successful Remote Work Culture for Developers, StackOverflowTalent
Developers are all tool based and they are adept in leveraging different software solutions to do different tasks. They can choose the right tool for the right job.
So, a remote Developer, whom you hire from a well- known IT Vendor, will have experience in using a wide range of systems and tools for remote communication and for executing remote work competently. This means, vetted remote Developers from a known IT Vendor understand the importance of software skills like communication and professionalism that are mandatory for the remote work and its success.
Increased employee retention
“By 2020, organizations that support a “choose-your-own-work-style” culture will boost employee retention rates by more than 10%”. — Crafting Workspaces that Enhance the Employee Experience, Gartner
For IT Developers in particular, employers are struggling to keep up with changing work/life mindsets. A Gallup report shows 60% of the IT Developers are open to new job opportunities, and 21% changed roles within the past year. When it comes to Job security, they simply aren’t interested.
So how do you address this job-fickle workforce? One way is to hire remote Developers from a reputed IT Vendor. Attrition rates might be higher for your IT Vendor as well. But, replacement of Developers will not be a challenge for them. When your IT Vendor is committed then they will make sure their Developers will complete the project.
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