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Why Can’t We Rock the Cradle and Walk Our Dreams Side by Side?

Why Can’t We Rock the Cradle and Walk Our Dreams Side by Side?

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This blog is originally written by one of the remote workers of our network – Shweta Jain, as a tribute to all the working mothers who are doing their best to balance both sides of their lives.

“Remote work” or “Work from home” are terms that to some extent offer wings to a girl to fly a bit higher within the sky, follow her dreams while not undergoing the guilt of leaving her world behind. Her small nest is her world. To not be able to be physically present at home the majority of the time, really deprives her to be there for the most precious possessions of her life.

 

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Remote jobs are on the rise. And because remote work will usually cause more significant flexibility, more and more moms are jumping on the remote work bandwagon.

Myself included!

I’ve been operating remotely for over six years currently.

And in that time, I have nurtured my kids and saw them all the way from kindergarten to junior school without having to put them in daycare. Not once!

I like to think about all the money I saved as a remote working mom, but the most important was being part of all the major landmarks because I was at home with them and not restrained to a cubicle 8+ hours a day.

You too may be considering a switch to remote work. And luckily, there are plenty of remote jobs for moms (and dads too), you can use to keep your career warm, contribute to finances, and generally enjoy the ride of motherhood while keeping your own identity.

What Makes Remote Work Attractive To Moms?

 

To be honest, raising a family is time-consuming. Whether you’re a single parent, co-parenting, or somewhere in between, parenting is a 24*7 job.

And even though the number of stay-at-home moms is not as high as it was in the 1960-70s, it’s still an attractive option for many families. Firstly, it allows a mom the freedom to spend more time with her kids. And it also gives women the convenience to build their careers while maintaining a household.

 

So, who says you can’t have your cake and eat it too?

 

And, of course, several benefits come with a flexible remote job that gives you the best of both worlds as a stay-at-home mom and a breadwinner. There are many jobs with work from home options especially designed for women. It helps in balancing both professional and personal life especially if one has small kids to look after.

 

Perks of work from home Moms are:

 

1.Flexibility: You can plan your schedule so that both office and household chores are completed in time.

2. Reduce time to travel: The daily commute from office to home and home to office. Facing traffic jams and delays is a big pain which does not exist in working from home.

3. Saving on pocket: Work from home does not require any specific dress code or formal wear. For ladies, it is a great saving on their pocket.

4. More time with your children and family: You can spend more time with your children and family. You can see your little one completing every development milestone like the 1st walk, 1st word he/she spoke.

      1. It provides children with an academic edge.
      2. It is beneficial to both non-school age and school-age children.
      3. Less childhood stress, anxiety, and aggression.

5. Saving on office rent: If you are not working for a company and have your own office, working from home will help you to save the office rent.

      1. Fewer turnover rates
      2. Greater employee satisfaction
      3. Lower overhead costs

 

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I wish more “work from home “opportunities would appease to more lives and allow women to not only nurture their world but live their dreams side by side. Allow them to lay the warm cooked meals to the kids, snuggle them more often, and also be present in the board room. To be there for the ailing member of her little world rather leaving them longing, to rush for the office in time. To be able to hold the little fingers more often than punching the swipe cards in offices. Technology has blown to its maximum size. Why not use it to the good to maximize this concept and affix its size? Why should not companies think about it and segregate more profiles of these types only to add to such jobs that are “work from home”? Why can’t one get the fun of both lives? Hold a career and still care and nurture her child.

When you are armed with how to spot a real job from a scam, where do you uncover this great work from home opportunities? Thanks to the Internet, apps to connect a company with remote workers, and the progression of a more flexible work economy, these jobs can easily be found if you know where to look. And for employers looking to hire these work-from-home moms, these sites offer great talent pools.

 

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Find The Right Balance For Yourself

 

It is not necessary that all remote jobs for moms are created equal. Some will require a 40-hour-a-week commitment with set hours that make it challenging to find time for family. Yes, you’ll save time and money every day without having to commute to an office, but you won’t have the flexibility.

For example, if you have an infant in your care, you need something flexible. That way you can work around feedings and nap time. Freelancing often offers the most flexible way for moms to work remotely when you have younger kids.

For moms with older, school-aged kids, a part-time or full-time remote employee position may be a better fit. These types of jobs are like traditional office jobs — set hours, steady pay, and benefits — without a daily commute.

Moms may even yearn to be mompreneurs — they start a blog. A small business. Or another type of income-generator from the ground up. The possibilities here are ENDLESS. Get creative. Do what you love, and follow it with the wildness only a mother can!!

 

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY – More power to you all.

 

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How RemotePanda Supports Women to Get Back to the Workforce?

How RemotePanda Supports Women to Get Back to the Workforce?

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A woman is an ultimate multitasker. The way she manages to juggle between work and life is something to be worth appreciated. When it comes to education, women have never failed to close the gender gap. Similarly, on the work front, they are the real heroes. But these heroes also need a break; the reason could be anything, from marriage to starting a family and raising the child.

However, taking a break from work can be both liberating as well as an intimidating task for a woman. A couple of years down the line when she decides to make a comeback into her working life, she finds it difficult to find a job that best suits her schedule. Mostly, a woman, after starting her family, wants the flexibility of working hours so that she could be around her family when needed. Research says, in India, almost 50% of female employees stop working after 3 years, either due to marriage, childcare, or aging parents. This data roughly accounts for 10 million graduates and post-graduate females. Perhaps, several women want to resume work but are unable to do so because of strict, rigid working hours with a competitive work environment.

At RemotePanda, we support the career success of women returning to work and connect them with remote work opportunities. These women are highly motivated, with less overhead cost and provide a high retention rate. From research and copywriting to virtual assistance and customer service, we create new possibilities for women at all stages of their career.

Additionally, we provide them the training that can help them to get at par with the changes in the industry and the demands of the job.

 

Our Talented Women Workforce

 

1. Rutuja W.

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2. Nikita K.

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3. Vishakha D.  

 

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4. Madhuri G.

 

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5. Shweta J.

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What Our Clients Have To Say For Our Female Talentpool

 

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Conclusion

 

RemotePanda strives to help women build their skills and support them for their career growth by assisting them to work at the comfort of their homes. Also, we actively support and champion the successes of women passionate about their work. Remember, women will be valuable assets in every role they play, not liabilities.

 

why you should not hire a remote employee in 2019

why you should not hire a remote employee in 2019

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Everybody in an organization wants for their business to grow as fast as possible. Many must be thinking about adding a few more skilled employees to their arsenal, and the idea that must be popping up in your mind is “Should we go for hiring Remote Workers?”. Let’s explore the pros and cons of this decision.

“Isn’t hiring someone local more convenient?”. There is an advantage to meeting a person face to face, wandering around their desks and checking in on what they are doing and how much of the work they have actually completed. Catching up with them on coffee breaks and water cooler talks, engaging in interesting (sometimes futile) conversation. You can’t do any of that fun stuff with a remote team, can you?

Well, you must have read a lot of blogs telling you all about why you should hire remote workers, let me tell you why you shouldn’t.

 

1. I would rather hire from a small local pool of talent

The Internet has led to the rise in remote workers becoming integral parts of organizations. The ease of communication and various collaboration tools have further led to ease in acquiring talented employees from all over the world.

But why to look for someone who is physically distant when you can hire someone who you can meet with every day?

Granted, this local person might not be as skilled as the remote workers, but at least you have the benefit of being around him, checking in on him whenever you want, addressing and solving the issues he might be facing. To do all this with your remote team, you’ll have to have access to a simple collaboration tool, a communication channel.

 

2. I hate having extra money to reinvest into my business

Yes, it’s true, hiring remote workers can save you a lot of money. You don’t have to worry about the employee’s desk, computer or any other thing that is needed to work efficiently: remote workers take care of themselves.

But if you hire a local employee, you have the chance to go furniture shopping, buying a brand new, high tech computer sounds so fun, and you wouldn’t want to miss out on that, would you? And if you build a team big enough that it can’t possibly fit in your current workplace, you have the option of finding a new and bigger place!

Remember the scene from Batman where Joker burns down a whole pile of cash? You can enjoy a very similar feeling.

 

3. I don’t like increased productivity 

According to a recent survey, remote workers are more productive than the in-house team.

Related: Remote Teams Vs In-house Teams

You know what happens when employees become more productive right? Goodbye timepass!

Feeling bad that you aren’t getting more time to have those fun, futile conversations with your team? Tired of seeing your employees pour their heart into their work and delivering the best results and that too at the expense of the precious fun time? It’s a blessing that the in-house team isn’t as productive all the time as the remote team. I mean they are productive no doubt, but they can always take some time out during important work to have some fun.

4. I prefer a higher turnover rate

If you treat your remote employees right, they are the most loyal employees you will ever come around, which reduces your employee turnover rate. But do you really want to be stuck with the same old faces for the rest of your life? Hiring new employees is a good thing, meeting new employees, introducing them to your company culture, training them, and teaching them new skills is such a great activity to bond, and definitely, one to look forward to.

5. I don’t care about global warming

Who doesn’t enjoy a long commute? Bring on the one hour journey to my office in heavy traffic, turning up the music as loud as I can (to drown the honks), burning up gas, and causing pollution. More of that, please!

Remote employees miss out on the fun journey; they work from home or a coworking space. Or a beach. They don’t get to turn up the music in their cars or contribute to the already clogged roads.

6. I don’t mind employees taking unexpected vacations and sick days

Remote employees tend to take fewer leaves of absences than the in-house team. Sounds boring right? Being available all the time to work, delivering projects before their deadline, being productive and proactive.

The real fun is in taking a vacation, turning off all modes of communication with your office, and just lying on the beach sipping on a pina colada. We can always get back to work after a good time spent away from it.

I wonder how digital nomads manage to work and travel all at the same time; I find it dreadful to even look at my laptop while I’m on vacation. Who cares about work, right? We’ll be at the office after a couple of days doing the same thing.

Well, I’ve run out of sarcasm, and I hope I have given you enough reasons to start 2019 with remote hiringWhat I described above sounds like a complete disaster.

That’s because remote work is the future of work. You already know all the benefits of having a remote team, such as increased productivity, reduced turnover, reduced leaves of absence, etc. But if you’re still unsure, then you can start with one engagement first, and then keep building more efficiency than an in-house team.

If you need to know the current trends of remote work and how to manage a remote team, we have an entire report dedicated to it; you can DOWNLOAD IT HERE.

 

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RemotePanda is a personalized platform for companies to hire remote talent and get the quality work delivered from the city Pune. The resources in our talent pool are our close network connections. While connecting them with you, we make sure to manage the quality, growth, legalities, and the delivery of their work. The idea is to make remote work successful for you. Get in touch with us to learn why RemotePanda is the best fit solution for your business requirements.

Politics in Remote Teams

Politics in Remote Teams

 

One of the most despised thing in a co-located office is the politics which doesn’t seem to cease. People turn to remote work for various reasons, one of them being fewer politics and more focus on the work, but does this really hold true? Is remote team completely free of politics and bias as compared to the in-house team? Remote workers are humans, after all, they are driven by their own passion, goal, ego and more of a mix of all the negatives and positives.

In this whole charade of politics, what the employees don’t understand is that they are disrupting the amazing culture which has been inculcated over the years through tremendous hard work and fun activities. Such a blow to the company culture not only affects the management but also affects the profitability of the company. Now we usually think that politics only happen when the employees are co-located, being physically distant might be the trick to avoid it, but let’s see how remote teams feed the fire that can give rise to this devastating phenomenon.

 

1. Cross-Cultural Differences:

 

When I was interviewing CXOs and developers for our#MakeRemoteWork survey report, I met a developer in the US. She had tremendous experience of working remotely and had been through this roller coaster before.

 

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She told me that one of the reasons why it happens is that a team has members from different culture and background, so people sharing similar values get along really well, while those who don’t, feel a bit ostracized. There is still a bias towards, race, religion, country and what not.

These are the things that can break an extremely strong team, what employees need to realize is that they are here to work in synergy and harmony not to judge a person on personal traits and discriminate.

 

2. Less socialization:

 

Slack is the virtual office for all the remote workers. You see less of their faces and more of their text messages. Remote workers are generally so involved in their work that they barely talk about their personal lives on the communication channels and talk more about work.

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In this process, nobody gets to know what the person on the other side is like. We tend to form a perception about that person based on his work and not for the person he is. This is usually one of the reasons that remote employees feel less engaged in activities other than work, which leads to a difference of opinion between the team. So what’s really important here is COMMUNICATION. On a positive note, remote team members are not great on an emotional level compared to their in-house counterparts, so their efforts to influence internal politics are pretty low.

 

3. Ego Clashes:

 

Shoutouts and all are cool, but it sucks when a kissass employee gets it over a kickass employee.

 

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It’s true that rewarding an employee boosts the morale of not just employee but sets a standard for other employees as well, but when you’re working with a remote team, you should take into consideration the entire team and not just a single member. In the end, everybody is codependent and desires to be appreciated equally. A team is like a Bad Boys movie, we ride together, we die together, bad boys for life


Now that we know what gives rise to politics in remote teams let’s go through some tips to diffuse these politics.

 

1. Company culture:

 

It’s the responsibility of the management to enlighten their employees about the culture that has been established in the company.

 

 

Company-Culture

 

You shouldn’t let employees learn more about the company through water cooler talks and gossips, this won’t do anyone any good, it will only lead to further misunderstanding of how the company works. So it’s the management or the leader’s responsibility to show his employees the ropes.

 

2. Communication:

 

Organizations who embrace remote work have advanced technology to make communication easier and seamless within the team,

 

 

Communication

 

it’s imperative for the team members to use these communication tools, not just for work, but to stay in constant touch and build a better team as well as company culture.

 

3. Focus on work:

 

It’s no surprise that we are at an organization to work in unison to achieve personal as well as the organization’s goal, so, one of the best things one can do to stay away from all this politics is to focus on the task at hand.

 

Focus on work

 

At the end of the day, everyone wants to feel satisfied and appreciated for the work they have done, and it will only happen when the focus is less on politics and more the work.

 

4. Build Trust:

Trust is one of the most important factors behind every team and organization’s success.

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The organization should plan certain team building exercises which would revolve around making long term or short term strategies and also creating a stronger bond during the entire process. This is a win-win situation for the team as well as the organization.

 

Conclusion

 

Politics within a remote team is quite different than the one you’ll encounter in the office, there’s no backstabbing or the usual office drama, although certain cases persist like taking credit for somebody else’s work. It eventually comes down to how well a manager can encourage healthy communication between his team and how well a team can harbor a feeling of trust and respect. 

Global Work From Home Day

Global Work From Home Day

It’s time to celebrate the most preferred lifestyle of all professionals, Remote Work! It’s not just a trend anymore, it’s a way of life. People all around the world are being pulled to this amazing concept and it’s working wonders. So to appreciate remote work we are organizing Global Work From Home Day on April 10th in association with Remote-How.

We have been advocating RemoteWork for more than a year now, our platform www.RemotePanda.com has been trying to bridge the gap between developers in Pune and the business in the United States. During this wonderful journey, we got to meet a lot of entrepreneurs who had nothing but praise for remote work and who have been implementing it for a long time. We’ve had our chance of meeting like-minded people and it’s your chance to meet and network with all the fellow remote workers under the hashtag #WorkFromHomeDay.

And to boast off about how cool your remote work setup is and how much you enjoy working remotely, you can post a picture with #WorkFromHomeDay on April 10th.

The Process of Hiring Remote Workers

The Process of Hiring Remote Workers

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Number of Millennials, joining the workforce is increasing every day. And they are very much inclined toward working from a local coffee house.

Of course, companies are okay with that, well, why don’t they be? They get a productive and high-yielding employee while cutting down the overhead cost moreover saving up to $20,000 per year.

However, hiring remote workers is a tad bit different from hiring an in-house employee. A great in-house worker doesn’t necessarily be a great remote worker. Before hiring any digital nomad, it is essential to monitor their communication skills, work ethic, and time management skills closely. Hiring remote workers can be difficult for firms who have not used it. Now, there are two approaches you can take here. First, you can go for the personal perspective approach. This basically means that you will be the guinea pig for your own organization. You will try to hire and work with remote work although you don’t have any experience of it. Or you can take the second and more comfortable and relaxing approach. I call it the sit back approach. In this approach, you basically get to sit in a comfy couch and get to read the guide we have created for you while sipping coffee.

 

Many recruiters are merely pasting old school strategies onto the virtual employee search—and unsurprisingly, it doesn’t always work out for the best.

It’s important to screen candidates during the hiring process and look for characteristics that indicate their ability to work without in-person supervision successfully.

Qualities to look in an ideal remote worker –

A) Proactive Communication

B) Productivity and Flexibility

C) Self-Management Skills

D) Time Management

A specially tailored recruitment process has to be put in place. Let’s see what the hiring process looks like for the remote workers.

 

Hiring Process

 

1.Plan Before You Put The Pedal On The Metal

Now with the availability of global talent, I know you must be eager to jump the gun and start hiring remote workers. But before you do that you have to invest some time in planning and clearly defining the path, you are going to take moving forward. Dale Carnegie Quoted: “An hour of planning can save you 10 hours of doing” and that’s true.

You have to figure out whether the domain you work in is suited for remote work. Computer-based work such as programming or graphic design where it’s not necessary for the employee to be on site to fulfill their job responsibilities are best suited for remote working condition.

Setting up and running a remote team requires some serious planning and commitment. Especially if you are transitioning from the traditional 9-5 job to a remote setting.

 

Plan Before You Put The Pedal On The Metal

2.Create A Job Post Which Has The Potential To Attract The Worldwide Talent

Now that you are determined to go with the remote workers, its time you set out on your journey. To begin your journey, you first need to find some talented and capable employees. The best course of action here is to create a job post which could be featured on hiring platforms. It’s best to create a job post which clearly outlines the purpose of your company and the qualities you are looking for in an employee.

You can check this guide on how to create astonishing job posts.

There are multiple platforms where you can post your job requirements. Each of these platforms offers something unique on its own. It might get a little too confusing as there are too many to choose from. Well, fret no more as I have prepared a list of the top unconventional platform that provides remote workers. You can check out that list here.

 

Create A Job Post Which Has The Potential To Attract The Worldwide Talent

3.Screening Applicants and Organising Interviews

The best thing about hiring platform is the vast pools of resources who register on the platform. You are destined to find the dark horse you are looking for.

You have posted your request on the hiring platform, so naturally, you are going to be bombarded with the requests. Now the real work starts as you have to go through all the applications received and analyze whether the applicant is a good fit for you or not.

After you shortlist a few of the applicants that piqued your interest, you move to the next phase which is the interviews.

Now the interview is the area where you can actually judge the potential of the applicant.

How to structure a remote interview?

Before you begin interviewing candidates make sure you make a list of characteristics you are looking for in a remote worker. Since the person will be working remotely, it is essential that you align your requirements with the candidate’s abilities.

Few things that you should keep in mind while interviewing remote worker are –

A) Face-to-Face contact – It’s not like that this person will be sitting across from your desk. Getting the personal and in-person feel about the candidate is essential. You need to evaluate that person’s self-motivation, productivity, skills, passion, and his/her thoughts about company culture. This all can’t be achieved by reading an email. Instead, using a video interview, you can quickly evaluate all these.

 

B) Try not to ask the wrong interview questions – You need to remember that remote interview in different from your traditional interview. Also, virtual employees need different attributes compared to ordinary employees. Ask behavioral questions to determine not only the candidates’ skill levels, but also their organizational skills, career passion, and self-direction. Ask for candidates to explain scenarios in which they worked independently and manage their own time.

 

C) Don’t skip skill assessment – I have mentioned it before as well that since you are hiring a remote worker it is super important to make sure that the new person is an excellent cultural fit for the company. You need to closely monitor the soft skills of that person, skills like effective communication and time-management.

 

Now that you are interviewing potential employees make sure you include a test task in your process. Assigning a test task and monitoring how that person performed will provide you with the details on how skilled and experienced he/she is. There might be a case where you are confused between two applicants, assigning the same test task can provide you with insights on which one is better suited for your company.

 

Top Interview Questions

Have you had experience working remotely before?

How do you work alone?

What’s your ideal type of working environment?

How much of your social life comes from work?

Tell me about a situation when you dealt with conflict in the workplace.

These are the kind of questions that can provide you with all the information you require.

After the interviews are done its time to evaluate the applicants and hire the best personnel.

Screening Applicants and Organizing Interviews

4. Put them through the trial

You have hired the best person, do you think your job here is finished, well, you are wrong. Although you have hired the best available applicant, there might be the case that the person is not a good fit for your company culture. It is advised to put the newly hired remote worker on probation. This will allow you to understand his/her working habits and also help him/her to understand your working culture and practices better. This is also an excellent way to test that person’s team compatibility.

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5.Build a culture for your remote workers

Post-hiring, you have to keep your remote workers happily working with you.

Make sure you have collaborative tools and services in place. Communication is an integral part of building a culture for remote workers. Think innovative ways to get everyone to sync. Rather than being a skeptic of change, join them.

E.g Most of the times employees listen to music while working; it could be an excellent option to provide paid music service to the employees. You can even create a dedicated Slack channel where everyone can share what song they are jamming to.

Another approach you can take is to organize a yearly workcation and in-person meetups — this helps in building a strong bond between the employees.

By applying these small tricks, you can make them feel that they are a part of something big and a part of your company culture.

 

Build a culture for your remote workers

Conclusion-

Eager to give remote work a try? We’re always happy to spill “insider” secrets on what makes for a comfortable, effective telecommuting team. Drop us a line anytime and let us know what questions you have about the wonderful world of remote work! Also, we can help you take the right steps to build one. Hire Best Talent at RemotePanda.

Why Do Millennials Prefer Remote Work?

Why Do Millennials Prefer Remote Work?

According to a survey by Deloitte, more than half the millennials reported that remote work made them more productive. Three-quarters of the respondents also said that they would appreciate if more such opportunities were presented. Here are a few reasons why the millennial workforce vouches for remote work.

  • Better work-life balance:

Millennials prioritize work-life balance apart from financial benefits while evaluating a job opportunity. The mere hallmark of achievement no longer appeals to them and they instead look for meaningful work. With the help of modern technology, it has become possible for millennials to get fulfilling work while giving ample time to their families and personal goals.

 

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  • Avoiding burnout: 

Providing a flexible work culture is a great way of gaining employee loyalty. Millennials are looking for remote jobs that enable them to work from anywhere and anytime. They wish to define their own hours and make the most of their productive hours. It is absurd for them to simply conform to a regular 9 to 5 work culture. They truly value productivity even if it is beyond the defined working hours.

 

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  • Remote work is practical:

 Millennials understand that remote work is not only a trend but a necessity! While the staff gets flexibility, employers get better productivity. Isn’t it better to reap the benefits of technology than to enforce unrealistic expectations on the employees?

 

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Conclusion:

So according to surveyors positive & beneficial responses, millennials prefer remote work due to flexibility in work culture, good work life balance, and many more benefits.

 

Global Trends Related to Remote Working

Global Trends Related to Remote Working

From the Client Perspective: The following piece covers imperative topics pertaining to remote work from the client’s perspective. It includes the Benefits of working with a remote team, Finding a remote team, Difficulties faced in working with remote teams and how to overcome them? & Satisfaction with remote work.

Remote Worker Perspective: The second half of this article essentially addresses concerns and findings from the remote worker’s perspective. It covers the following topics. Difficulties faced in working with remote clients and how to overcome them? Managing time zone differences, and Resolving cultural differences.

The trend of remote work is becoming quite popular and businesses with inclusive cultures are allowing their employees to work remotely. These modern employment options have truly made it possible for companies to leverage the various benefits of delegating work to remote teams. It is a win-win for both parties as the employees also get flexibility in work. However, a lot of speculation around this topic still prevails. To find out the reality of remote work, we conducted a survey that helped us gain a comprehensive understanding of the topic at hand. We essentially focused on the software development field. Below are the valuable insights that we gained.

Download the survey report here.

“How can we help the remote work industry?”

This was the question that started it all; we wanted to understand how we can help companies and remote workers understand the existing problems in the remote industry and how they can overcome it.

We had some literature available in the form of notes and blogs from fellow remote platforms. There were some inputs available from founders that had used remote workers themselves and then there was a lot of “how to” and “me too” content produced for the sake of SEO.

The problem was that most of these accounts were written with only personal contexts and there was no research we could find that talked about real people and real stories. Moreover, we wanted to go the crowd-sourced way to get the industry trends rather than talking to a focused group or just hearing from people in our network.

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In mid-April 2018, we decided to take a road trip to capture real conversations on camera about remote work.

Over the course of 3 months, we interviewed 250+ CXOs in person in the U.S. covering 16 cities. Post this we conducted an online survey, which had over 300+ CXOs as participants. Since we wanted to go beyond the one-sided perspective, we also took inputs from Remote Workers; thus, covering the whole spectrum of the Remote Work cycle. The participants were mostly the U.S. based CXOs running companies from pre-revenue to $5 Mn in revenue. They were aged between 20 to 60 years.

For Remote Workers, The participants were primarily India-based service providers. Their inputs were mostly taken through an online survey.

What did we discover?

Diving into the statistics, we found out that the average cost of a Remote Developer from South Asia is around 50% less than that of a local hire in the US. Given the further flexibility and scalability that remote teams offer, considering remote workers is indeed a good idea.

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It should not be misconstrued though that such an endeavor does not invite with it a set of risks and challenges that need to be resolved.

Our survey comprehensively covered remote work trends, best practices, and learnings from fellow founders who have actually “been there and done that”.

We also made it a point to answer most of the commonly asked questions about remote work. We focused on both the customer’s and vendor’s perspective. This enabled us to get a wholesome idea about the current scenario of Remote Work industry.

Benefits of working with a remote team

We posed the following question in our survey and the answer was surprising.

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After analyzing the results of the survey, we found that a whopping 86% of the participants have worked with or are currently working with a remote team(s). This made us naturally think as to why so many people would prefer working with remote teams? Was it only about the cost?

With the same idea, we asked our participants the following question.

Why work with remote teams?

We can all guess the answer-Low Cost

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Conclusion: As empirical knowledge would suggest, Cost is the number one factor to work with remote teams. However, in the study we conducted, flexibility was found to be an equally important reason to work with remote teams. The ability to work at convenient hours and still have the work delivered seemed to be an attractive aspect of remote work. With this knowledge, one can assume that a trend is emerging of people moving away from the traditional 9 to 5 structure of jobs. It suggests that people now want to work when they want to and not according to the clock.

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Pro Tip: Companies should let employees work the hours they want to work instead of forcing an outdated norm on them. Top companies like Google, Facebook and the like allow employees to work the hours they want. Employers also go the extra mile and give their people the freedom to choose when, where, and how they work.

RELATED: Managing Virtual Teams – Tips and Tricks

Finding a Remote Team

Everything starts by finding the right team. How do you discover remote teams? What are the avenues and how do you compare 2 different teams? We pondered upon this and asked the participants the following question.

How do you find a remote team?

One would think that most companies would find their remote teams at a competitive online marketplace like Freelancer or Upwork since they’d have a large pool of talent to choose from and the talent will provide services at a competitive rate.

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Contrary to popular belief, 40% of the participants preferred to work with Remote teams that had been referred to them. Additionally, it was found that CXOs want to work with somebody who has been referred to even if they might be expensive. This clearly implies that Trust is a major factor in this decision.

Difficulties faced in working with remote teams and how to overcome them?

We thus understood why people choose to work with remote teams, but it is also apparent from years of experience and the basic understanding that working with a remote team could be a challenging task. So what are the challenges and how to resolve them? To find out more about it we asked the following question to our participants…

What are the difficulties you faced while working with remote teams?

There are inherent difficulties and problems faced while working with teams in other geographical location.

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Conclusion

Communication and time zone difference was the top 2 contenders here.

Communication problems could lead to objectives being misunderstood thus elongating the project timeline and defeating the advantage of working with remote teams.

Time Zone difference would make the project duration longer since any work could take more time than it would have taken due to the limited interaction.

The example below shows how simple things may end up taking more time than required if quick review periods are not built in the process. This example considers the time zone difference between New Delhi, India, and San Francisco, USA.

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Communication and time zone difference is solvable challenges

Time zone difference can be solved by creating a plan that puts everyone in sync – This involves using the right tools, making adjustments to the work hours & creating multiple touch points within the day.

Communication Challenges can be solved by working with teams that speak your language and understand your culture.

It also validates the inherent fact that in order to succeed in working with remote teams, you need to invest time and resources in your team to bring them at par with you not only on the project but also on the cultural aspects.

IBM today has more staff in India than in its home country, i.e. the U.S. For IBM, its India center is not an extension of the U.S. entity, instead of a stand-alone entity in itself.

The Cultural difference is another major difficulty faced by CXOs with about 19% of the participants saying that they have encountered problems due to variation in culture.

The Possible solution lies in discussing closely with the team as to how they can be brought closer to the project – This could include, an in-person meeting during crucial phases such as kickoff or release – An understanding of different cultures and keeping them in perspective while creating a plan can also go a long way in helping overcome cultural differences.

Satisfaction with remote work

Satisfaction is one of the most important things when it comes to working. But how satisfied are the people who’ve worked with remote teams? We posed the following questions to find out about the issue.

How satisfied are you?

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These were our findings:

58% of the participants are satisfied with remote work.

Around 3% of participants are not at all satisfied

While we could see that 58% of participants are satisfied with remote work, we were also glad to find out that only 3% of the participants reported having a bad experience. This was a welcome relief because the confirmation bias that exists in the industry has proliferated the idea that working with remote teams is usually a bad experience. This also established the fact that there is a growing trend in acceptance of Remote Work.  

RELATED: Why You Should Not Hire Remote Employee?

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Pro Tip: Keeping expectations in check could go a long way in improving your experience of working with Remote Teams. You need to make yourself fully aware of what working with Remote Teams entails and what it could mean for your company. Such awareness will help you make the most out of Remote Work.

Remote Worker Perspective

Difficulties faced in working with remote clients and how to overcome them?

Wanting to understand the Remote Work Industry all-inclusively, we also interviewed Remote Workers to take their opinion on the current state of the Remote Work Industry. We asked them the following question.

What are the major challenges of working remotely with clients?

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Conclusion: The biggest difficulty faced in working with remote clients turns out to be communication, as also seen before in the customer’s perspective. Understanding the work is definitely much easier when done in person.

Definition of Objectives and clarity in the end goal of the project was found to be the second biggest challenge in dealing with Remote Clients.

Considering both the factors, we can conclude that the right start and defined process are essential for making remote work successful.

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While initiating the project, make sure both you and the client are on the same page. Make sure that the purpose and the objective of the project are clear and there are measurable KPIs in place.

Managing Time Zone Differences

Question: How do you overcome time zone differences?

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Conclusion: Appointing a team coordinator for the time zone overlap seems to be the solution most teams lean on. The team coordinator is responsible for providing the necessary overlap between both parties.

Creating a structured communication process can help overcome time zone difference because both parties then know when and how to communicate and make effective use of the time available.

Pro Tip: Time zone difference can be solved by creating a plan that puts everyone in sync – This involves using the right tools, making adjustments to the work hours & creating multiple touch points within the day.

Resolving cultural differences

Question: How do you overcome cultural differences?

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Conclusion: Having a positive attitude, openness and understanding of differences in culture can go a long way in helping overcome cultural differences.

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Language can play a major role in bridging the cultural difference gap. Thus, it is also important to keep in mind that the Remote team should be fluent in your language, and can understand the nuances and implicit context within the expressions.

Pro Tip: It is recommended that you put in the time and effort to understand the client’s culture and working style, and also give them an opportunity to understand yours.

Conclusion

In summary, Remote work seems to be the future of work. Looking at the responses received from the CXOs and looking at satisfaction levels of remote clients we believe that there is a huge scope of growth for remote work and that trend is not slowing down any time soon. It is also important to understand that remote work is not a one-size-fits-all approach. It requires deliberate time and effort to make it work but once done correctly it is an approach that will keep paying dividends over the years. One thing that was common among all the conversations we had pertaining to remote work was that everyone agrees that remote work is a long-term commitment and needs to be treated likewise.

RELATED: Five Unconventional Freelance Platforms

Many people and partners have supported us throughout this survey. An endeavor like this would never have been possible without the hard work and assistance of our partners. We would like to extend a special thanks to all the CXOs and remote workers who took time from their busy schedules to meet us and share their experiences with an open heart. We believe that we are living in an exciting time for remote work and hope that this survey helps our readers make better decisions and build better remote teams.

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How To Make Your Organization Remote Friendly?

How To Make Your Organization Remote Friendly?

Make Your Organisations Remote Friendly

Fierce competition, hiring suitable candidates, and acquiring loyal customers are some of the biggest problems faced by startups.

Our experience shows that the best solutions to address these are simple: amazing employees.

Employees are the biggest assets of an organization. Read that again – it’s the most important and time-tested truth that there is in business. Superstar employees are the ultimate weapon against the competition, the cornerstone of amazing customer service, and makes your organization resilient to any other problem which may arise.

But it’s not so simple. It’s hard to find great talent. So what do you do when your superstar is nowhere to be found? You can start by broadening your search. Try thinking globally.

Thanks to the internet, it has become tremendously easy to get a hold of a person who is living thousands of miles away. Every startup wants fast growth, and for that, they need great talent. Many times, it doesn’t matter if that talent is local or in a completely different timezone.

But, there’s another catch Are you able to retain your remote workers? In other words, Are you providing an environment where your remote team can be productive, where they can grow?

Checking in on your in-house team and taking care of the issues they are facing is easy. But remote workers are physically distant from you, and you can’t see what they are doing and what problems they are facing. It certainly isn’t viable to call them every hour to check in on your remote team. This leads to isolation and reduced social interaction, which may lead to stress and anxiety.

Related: “How to stay mentally healthy while working remotely?”

It’s indispensable to develop a plan to include your remote team in your in-house family, getting them acquainted with your company culture, and making them feel comfortable.

Let’s look at some of the ways you can make your organization remote friendly.

1. Communication:

Communication is the most important factor in making your organization remote friendly. You have a distributed team, so water cooler talk isn’t an option anymore, and swinging by your coworkers’ desk is impossible. So, it’s time to rely heavily on instant messengers and video calls.

In one of a webinar5 Mistakes You Are Making With Your Remote Staff”, Krish Chopra, Co-Founder of NPHub said –

“You have water cooler talks or coffee where you hang out with your coworkers every day, you need to schedule that time for your remote teams as well.”

Create channels where your team can communicate, and not just about work. Constant communication is a good way of getting the in-house team and your remote team to interact and know each other well, and also to get work done.

Remember, there is no such thing as over-communicating when you have a distributed team.

2. Trust:

If you want your company to grow with your distributed team, you need to foster a culture of trust. The employer isn’t aware of the whereabouts of his remote team and the work routine they have, but that should not be a reason for him to be doubtful about their work arrangement. Employers should trust their remote teams, and that’s how they can set a great example of trust in the organization as a whole.

Mention to your team that mistakes are alright, supposing they talk about those mistakes, learn from each other, and bond together.

Don’t be afraid of giving leadership opportunities to remote workers just because they aren’t in front of you all the time.

3. Train your team:

It’s critical to give your remote team the appropriate training needed to perform their duties. Your in-house team always has the advantage of watching you work and pick up on some tips and tricks. This won’t be the case with your remote team. You will need to think about how to give your remote employees an environment where they can thrive, constantly improve, enjoy their work, and be more productive.

4. Team retreats are also for remote teams:

Team retreats are probably the thing employees look forward to. Who would want to miss an opportunity to go out with the team, have fun, and especially meet your remote teams?

Organizations should organize a team retreat once in a while; this gives a chance for the in-house team to meet face to face with the remote team.

Meeting in a new environment, away from work, getting to know each other over a couple of drinks and games, can make your remote team feel like they are an essential part of the family.

5. Buddy system:

The buddy system can work wonders in increasing interaction between your local and remote teams. Pairing members from your in-house team with members from your remote teams is an excellent way of training your remote team, getting things done, and making your team feel comfortable around each other.

Conclusion:

It’s high time for organizations to start planning how work will look like with a remote team. With the millennial workforce on the rise, the 9 to 5 schedule isn’t what it used to be, employees they like to do things on their own terms, on their own time. Making everybody feel like an integral part of your organization should be one of the top priorities. Millennials come with different perceptions towards the world and have a different skill set; it’s up to you how to utilize those skills in the best interest of the employees and the company.

These tips will get you started in making your organization remote friendly, but you may need to think on different, innovative methods to make sure that an entire team is a single unit firing at peak efficiency.

Remote Work Trends In 2019

Remote Work Trends In 2019

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First things first, Let me begin with saying developing a survey report is a lot of effort. few! Trust me, the process is hectic – You have to find people to talk to you; then you have to look at what they said, analyze it, compose it & then put together all the information in an easy to read format. So, Kudos to all those who make reports. As for us, we were set on preparing a comprehensive survey report on remote work. The number of work from home jobs are constantly on rising, it’s no shocker that more and more millennial are inclined toward working as and working with remote workers because of the flexibility it provides. The report itself is a guide for entrepreneurs who are looking to jump into remote working space in 2019.

Here are a few major takeaways from the Report:

1)A shift in work culture

2) A shift in reasons to work with remote teams

3) Difficulties faced in working with remote teams

4) The current average cost of outsourcing

Let’s look into each one of those points in detail

1) A Shift In Work Culture –

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It was observed that 86% of CXOs said that they had or are currently working with Remote Teams. This goes to say that there is a shift in work culture from the traditional culture wherein you come in at Nine work till Five and then leave. Now companies want more accountability and responsibility on the employees part. Thus, when somebody is working remotely, they get the freedom they are looking for but with it comes accountability to finish work within a given time.

2) A Shift In Reason To Work With Remote Teams –

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Cost is the most obvious reason that companies go for outsourcing their work, but it was found that flexibility seems to be almost as popular a reason as cost. It is definitely a welcome change in the industry, and companies now want employees to work the hours they want, where they want and how they want. The best example of this would be world industry leaders like Facebook, Google & Microsoft who give their employees unheard freedom to do their work.

3) Difficulties Faced In Working With Remote Teams –

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If you’ve never had an experience in working with remote teams, you’d wonder how difficult would it be to tell someone what to do. It wouldn’t be until you actually hire a remote worker, that you’d realize it is night, IF NOT DONE CORRECTLY.

How to outsource correctly is a blog for another time, until then let me tell you the difficulties faced majorly in a remote environment

a) Communication

Communication tops the chart in problems in working with a remote team. Your remote team might be based out of a different country, having a different culture & language. All of these pose a difficulty in communication. You might not sometimes understand what they mean and vice versa. Cultural references are misunderstood on both sides. Sometimes you and your team might be on a different page altogether; it isn’t until you see the result, that you release what they were understanding and what you were trying to explain.

b) Timezone Difference

This can be a boon or a bane. As a matter of fact, I’ve written a complete blog about timezone difference difficulties which you can read here. There are a lot of more difficulties but these two make up for most of them, if you can overcome these you can win the outsourcing war.

4)Current Average Cost Of Outsourcing –

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According to our survey, it was found that you can get the same job done in south-Asia for almost 50% of the cost in the united states. Not to misconstrue that outsourcing doesn’t come with its own set of challenges, there’s more than a few. But if you learn how to deal with them, you can definitely will this outsourcing battle and save yourself a ton of money to buy a boat maybe. HAHA!

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