Why Hiring Remote Software Developers Is The Best Strategy In Post-Covid Times?
Feb 9, 20216 min read
Co-founder and CEO of Ideamotive. Entrepreneur, mentor and startup advisor.
The year 2020 is undoubtedly a revolution in remote working. According to Gartner, as many as 88% of the companies worldwide have introduced the possibility of work from home after COVID-19 was declared a pandemic. As it turned out, hiring remote employees, especially from the digital industry, is an excellent idea. And if you are wondering why — we invite you to read this article.
How COVID-19 changed the rules of the game of building digital products?
According to a new McKinsey Global Survey, COVID-19 has speeded the adoption of digital technologies by several years. The pandemic forced entrepreneurs to introduce new strategies and practices, allowing them to operate freely without the need for face-to-face meetings. The key changes include mainly:
1. Increase the importance of technology and the use of modern tools
First of all, to work efficiently in remote teams, companies must use appropriate tools. This applies to solutions to:
communication (e.g. online instant messaging);
online meetings, including remote onboarding integration of new employees;
signing contracts (use of electronic signature etc.);
tracking working time;
task and project management;
analytics & data visualization;
and many others.
Examples of handy tools for remote work you can find in the article:
2. Reduce the geographical distance between customers and business partners
Moreover, also meetings with clients and business partners took the form of online meetings, which significantly reduced the importance of geographical distance. This new situation made the companies more open to cooperation with foreign companies because nowadays, the geographical location of the contractor is no longer important. It is confirmed by the results of the above-mentioned study, according to which companies confirmed that at least 80% of their customer interactions today are digital in nature.
3. Wider choice of employees and business partners
The aforementioned reduction of the importance of the employee's or partner's location has resulted in companies having much greater possibilities to establish valuable cooperation. This is particularly important in the case of experienced software developers who are still hard to find on the labor market. Thanks to the possibility of remote cooperation, the entrepreneurs can find specialists with a profile and skillset perfectly suited to their company's needs.
Why is remote software development the future of product development?
Speeded digitalization caused by pandemic showed that remote software development is the future of product development. Why? Below we highlighted the eight most important reasons.
1. Huge talent pool
The first and most important advantage that makes remote software development the future of product development is, of course, unlimited possibilities of searching for new employees. As an employer, you don't have to limit the search for employees from the nearest area — you can search for them all over the world!
According to a McKinsey survey, 87% of organizations are experiencing or expecting to face a tech talent shortage within the next few years.
The solution is to look for remote employees, especially in countries where the shortage of programmers is relatively low. A good direction is, among others, Poland, which provides around 40,000 IT graduates per year (what constitutes 10% of all of them in the whole European Union).
2. Costs reduction
Hiring a remote IT team also reduces costs — both for employees as well as employers. Employees do not spend money on fuel or public transport, while employers save on costs related to office maintenance.
But that is not all. Employers can look for employees from smaller towns or countries where rates are more competitive — and that also gives big savings because both their cost of living and the financial expectations are usually lower.
However, the lower costs of an employee do not necessarily mean lower quality. Offering a remote job offers a better chance to find talented specialists on the market. For example, if you decide to look for employees in Central and Eastern Europe, you can work with some of the best programmers in the world (the confirmation you will find in point 6).
3. Speed up the recruitment process
As an employer, you surely know how difficult it is to find a good and qualified IT specialist. Recruitment processes take months, which also generates high costs and frustration for HR departments. Expanding the search to other cities, and even countries is a step that will allow you to shorten the process of searching for new candidates and make HR departments' workers easier.
4. Improve efficiency
According to the CoSo Cloud Survey, as many as 77% of people who work remotely claim that they're more productive during working from home. People are focused on their tasks, have fewer distractions, and what's more, they want to show that they perform their duties properly. These results show that remote working is the future of many sectors, not just IT.
5. Maintain a competitive advantage
If you don't decide to hire remote developers, you risk losing your competitive advantage. Nowadays, most digital companies choose this option because it is a very important issue for employees who just enjoy working remotely and can't imagine returning to the office. After a pandemic, remote work opens many opportunities, such as working from any place in the world. Lack of such an opportunity in your organization may result in big problems with finding valuable employees.
6. Access to world-class developers
Do you want to find world-class software developers who will help you build a top-quality product? If you decide to hire remote workers, you will have this opportunity.
As we mentioned before, one of the best directions both to outsource IT services and hire software developers is Central and Eastern Europe. Why? For example, according to Hackerrank, Polish software developers are in third place among the most skilled software engineers in the world. If you decide to build your software remotely, you will have the opportunity to work with the best specialists from this country without the need to offer them relocation.
7. Create a diverse work environment
Nowadays, building a culture of diversity is extremely important. A remote team consisting of employees located in different countries can learn a lot from each other with valuable tips. It is also a factor that shows that you are an open and forward-thinking employer who is focused on development and innovation.
8. Perfect choice for small and medium-sized companies
If you are a start-up owner, or your company is not big and does not need a big IT team for the long term — you should consider outsourcing your software development services. This is a great option if you need the support of experienced software developers in specific product development.
Currently, depending on your company’s location and direction of hiring, you will probably encounter two terms: offshoring and nearshoring.
Offshoring is one of the most budget-cutting methods of outsourcing. It means outsourcing the processes to vendors from distant countries, such as India or China, where the talent pools are vast, and the expenses are low. The biggest challenge of this option is the timezone as well as a cultural difference.
Nearshoring means outsourcing to a nearby country. This option allows holding face-to-face meetings more frequently, at a lower cost. Moreover, cultural compatibility is higher, which facilitates work coordination and reduces the risk of misunderstanding.
If you want to learn more about these solutions, read the article:
As you can see, the advantages of hiring remote software developers definitely outweigh the disadvantages. What's more, most of the cons mentioned below, such as communication problems, are issues that can be worked out, especially if the whole team works remotely.
How to make remote software development work?
Remote working is a prominent part of the work at Ideamotive. Our employees can work from the Warsaw office and remotely - depending on their preferences and location. Our team works effectively, which is proved by a significant number of satisfied customers. So, what is our recipe for effective remote working? Here are some tips that may be useful for your company.
Use of the best tools for remote teams
The key to effective remote working is good tools that facilitate processes such as this:
communication in a team,
onboarding new employees,
classification and status of the tasks.
Curious what tools are we talking about? Have a look at this article.
Regular online meetings
In remote teams, clear and regular communication is essential. That is why we meet every day for 15-minutes daily meetings, during which we talk about issues that come up in a project. The principle is simple - it has to be short and concise.
Use smart metrics
Besides communication tools, in a remote team, team management tools are key. However, you should think about what is really worth measuring and what statuses are worth introducing. You can read more about metrics in Project Management in this article.
Building a culture of trust and support
Remote working, especially for beginners, is a real challenge. To help them find their way in the new reality, you need the support of more experienced colleagues. At Ideamotive, we make sure that every employee feels an important part of the team, in which we trust and support each other.
Where to find remote software developers that will deliver?
As mentioned before, one of the best directions to employ world-class software developers is Poland. So, if you're looking for a software developers team that will be perfectly matched with your industry, technology, team dynamics, and company culture - contact us and hire top remote developers.
Switching to remote work was associated with many challenges. However, as it turned out, it was a much-needed change, which gave many new opportunities and made software development in a remote team almost mandatory.
Robert is a co-founder and CEO of Ideamotive. Entrepreneur, who with passion spreads digital revolution all around the internet. Mentor and advisor at startup accelerators. Loves to learn and discover new business models.