The ability to work from outside of a corporate office has been feasible for a few decades, working remotely is only now becoming mainstream. Most organizations are moving to a foreign company as it is too hard to build talents in one region.
This opened gates for young minds and talents, which would lead to the development of the company, which further helps to overcome the barrier of lack of talent with reasonable remuneration. Example Silicon Valley.
Many companies have tried to build themselves but failed dejectedly and in the process, lost a fortune. Therefore, in this blog, we are going to tell you about the tricks and recipes to start and build a successful remote company.
One of the most touted arguments for remote work is increased productivity. Instead of focusing on one region to find suitable people for the job, they get access to the most exceptional people all across the globe. According to the State and Work Productivity Report, 65% of full-time employees believe that working remotely would increase productivity, and their bosses agree.
Some regions, like the North-East part of India, has talent in abundance. But the salaries paid to them are low; hence, they have a low cost of living. These regions are explored, and human talent is put to good use. They are paid an adequate amount of money, which helps them in better standards of living, and the economy grows.
Remote companies attract people from all races and casts that creates diversity in the team, and people face culture shock. Thus, people with different ideologies and with some unpopular opinions come together to work, which leads to high returns.
Remote employees tend to do their best work outside of the office. They are more inspired by their surroundings and can filter out environmental distractions as they see fit. Hence these individuals are highly motivated and disciplined.
The most obvious reason for why people want to work remotely is because it offers them a more flexible lifestyle. Instead of just sitting in a cubicle, these people can choose an environment that would increase their productivity and work more efficiently.
It’s easy to track their working progress as they are answerable to one that does not create workplace miscommunication and dual leadership, which leads to high descipline and productivity.
Not all are accustomed to remote working. Some don’t feel the sense of working. They need the 9-5 office working space. It leads to a dual working pattern. It is also tricky to established discipline around such people.
The people who are accustomed to cubicle life find it difficult to focus on such an environment where one can get easily distracted. There is no work culture.
Employees may not meet deadlines and keep procrastinating work. The Employer would not be able to understand the context; hence, there would be no sense of responsibility and punctuality.
The employees do not meet the deadlines and keep making excuses for the same. It would be challenging to track their work if they would keep postponing it.
With a vast team, not responding on time and working correctly, it would be challenging to track work, and the productivity would only decrease.
It is essential to communicate. Whatever is going on in the various departments, they all should keep coordinating. It is imperative to set minimum quarterly goals and talk regarding them. If a product is building, the distribution team should be aware of it, and the two should coordinate and work.
The team should be involved in the product roadmap definitions and should know about the ownership of the deliverables. They should be aware of all the minute details regarding the production of the product.
The departments should take up commitments and align with the other different members as well. After speculating, they should all agree to the roadmap and achieve it.
They should do dedicated roadmap calls and explain the various departments the goal for the next quarter. They should have a healthy debate regarding the same and take inputs from the rest and modify their plans if required.
There should be a sense of security between the owner and the one who delivers. Proper communication should be established between them for a smooth process. Owners should be defined in roadmap tasks.
The development process requires many scrutinies and analyzing. The product roadmap is divided into releases. It’s best to have shorter releases, and a minimum of more than one batch released for the quarter.
For better work and tracking, these are further divided into weekly or biweekly sprints. JIRA is a great tool to do so, and we use the same.
There should be set goats for each employee. The employees should have a sense of responsibility, and if they commit, they should achieve it.
Retrospection is important. The company should look at the previous Sprint data to find out any loose ends, what were their fault and what to improve in further situations.
Daily calls should also be a part of the process. These are known as standups. Here everyone goes through what they did the previous day, how they plan to work today, what are the barriers faced, and notify them to others if they feel that the spirit is at risk.
It’s always a good idea to have things planned out. The work that would be done by the remote employees should already be jotted down. One should also avoid multiple time zones, especially more than 24 hours, as they would take time to sync. Also, make sure that the employees get sleep time. It is always a good idea to have somebody on board who has already worked as a remote employee. Not only will he be a boon to the company with his working experience, but also would be accustomed to the working pattern.
This article was written by Parag Arora, ex-IIT , serial entrepreneur, ex-Paytm , ex – Ycombinator and CTO to major firms like Glowing.io , Xfinite.io etc. Parag has been mentoring us for the tech advisory related to the engineering talent assesment as well as scouting.
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One should also work with hiring experts who would provide us with enough motivated people that can survive the remote working mechanism and contribute towards the growth of the company. Generally, people hire people who have either worked remotely, have had a successful side project, done consulting in the past, or have run a business. Only by working people get used to modern ways of working and gain experience in all the fields becoming more efficient and also learn to more flexible.