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

 

mother doing remote work

 

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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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.

Less-socialization

 

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. 

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.

How To Effectively Manage A Remote Team

How To Effectively Manage A Remote Team

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Remote work isn’t a trend that has surfaced recently, although it has picked up pace now, it has been going around for quite some time. Everyone has at least once in the professional life worked from the comfort of their homes or have hit that ON SWITCH on their laptops, surrounded by the surreal beauty of nature. With the rise of millennials, there has been a rise in flexible work policies. We live in an era where we can’t bind talent to a chair and a desk from 9 to 5, millennials wish to work from wherever they want and whenever they want. And if you look at some of the studies conducted by renowned institutions, you will realize that remote workers are more productive than their in-house counterparts.

It’s no surprise that every company wants such talent to be a part of their team, but it’s not entirely easy to find such talent. Even if you do build a remote team successfully, the other part of the equation which is hard to solve is, managing that team effectively.

Now don’t let this get your hopes down, managing a remote team is a bit tedious than leading an in-house team, but, if you do things right, there is no other bliss like working with a remote unit, and it’s sure that all your efforts will pay off and you’ll rise victorious.

As people have a tough time managing a remote team, why don’t we take a more in-depth look at the things you should do to make your management effective. I’ve got some handy tips and tricks you can implement in your routine and see the magic happen.

 

1.Communication:

This is the point I like to emphasize a lot every time I write a blog related to remote work and the remote team because we often overlook effective communication in a remote team. Communicating as much as you can is necessary. You’ve got to take into consideration the fact that you don’t have the privilege of bumping into your coworkers as you do in your office, so there is less chance of hitting up a conversation, be it about work or after work plans. There are certain things you can do to ensure that your team is communicating freely and effectively.

  • Have an open chat room:

Keep a chat room open for each team where they can freely leave messages for their team members, it’s essential to make people feel connected as a team, but make sure that people don’t go overboard and start distracting one another.

You can also keep a chat room open for chats which aren’t related to the business, kind of like a water cooler talk session.

  • Choose the right medium for communication:

The channel you use for communication is as important as the message itself. Hence it’s inexorable to select the channel wisely. For instance, if you want to have a quick conversation with your colleague about a project you are working on, it’s best to use email. It’s a win-win situation, you have a discussion and the log of it. So you’ve got proof if things go south.

For real-time interaction there are so many chats and video conference applications, use one that suits you the best.


 

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2. Encourage Transparency:

Encourage Transparency between remote teams

Now, this is like killing two birds with one stone kind of a situation. You are managing a remote team, your team looks up to you, so it’s your responsibility to bring that leadership quality in action and lead by example. The most important factor behind any successful team is trust; your squad won’t interact with each other, discuss topics and opinions unless you do it. It’s your responsibility to show them the ropes and harbor a culture of trust and transparency.

Get your team involved in the decisions you’re making, share the company’s vision, mission, and objectives. Let your squad align their goals with the company’s goal, set clear and feasible goals for them, also spare some time to talk about things other than work.

 

3.Meetings:

Meetings between remote teams

This one is quite tricky as every member of your team might be in a different time zone. But it’s possible, and a lot of companies have been doing it for a long time now.

Meetings are the best practices to understand your team members, what they are working on, are they facing any difficulties and how they can be solved. We at RemotePanda usually conduct daily stand-ups with our remote teams to stay on the same page, to know and plan out schedule and tasks for the day, and to solve the challenges faced by our development and marketing teams.

The best part about these virtual meetings is that you don’t have to worry if one of the team members won’t be able to make it to the meeting. As everyone is working from the comfort of their zone, some might join from home, some from a coffee shop, but one thing is for sure, it’s always going to be a fun and collaborative meeting.

 

4.Productivity:

Productivity of remote teams

This one tops the list of analyzing all the employees. Well, that’s fair, you’re only as worthy as your productivity. But again some things hinder you from achieving your real potential and goals. The worst part is that when you’re working remotely, there is nobody to nudge you in the right direction or send that jolt of energy when you’re feeling lethargic, so, here’s what you can do to ensure your team stays productive all the time.

 

  • Establish a process:

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Business tends to fall apart when it doesn’t have specific methods or systems in place. Your team is your biggest asset, so it’s imperative to set proper processes for the team to follow. The co-located team members can work with minimum procedures in place, as they have the liberty to talk to their peers whenever they face an obstacle or are just bored staring at the computer screen, but when it comes to a remote team, each member is working from their comfort zone and might set processes which are suitable to them. It becomes tough to collaborate when everyone is working according to their methods and when those processes don’t mesh well with each other.

So it’s better to document or standardized specific processes that your team can follow to achieve most of their goals efficiently.

 

  • Make room for consistency along with the freedom of flexible working:

 

The privilege to work from anywhere and anytime, of course, that’s what remote work is all about, but it’s necessary to have a degree of consistency along with it. Can you imagine how hard it would be if you set up a conference call and only half the team shows up while the other half is doing laundry or feeding their cats? Thus, the point of consistency, with great freedom comes great responsibility.

 

  • Tracking work output:

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One of the most critical aspects of measuring an employee’s productivity, OUTPUT!

Whether your team is co-located or virtual, measuring your employees’ productivity is a must. You need to be clear about the goals and tasks of your employees and set some Key Performance Indicators(KPI) to measure their performance. It helps in gauging if your employees are really being productive or just pretending to be.

 

 

Conclusion:

I hope all the above points gave you a deeper insight into the ways of maintaining effective management between remote team members. If you have questions related to managing a remote team, let us know in the comments section below.

 

About RemotePanda

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.

Building Managed Remote Teams

Building Managed Remote Teams

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I am sure that you must have observed the recent shift in the workforce perspective when it comes to working in a cubicle. A workplace is no different; it’s also evolving and adapting to the needs of employees.

By leveraging technology and collaborative tools, companies are shifting from traditional 9-5 job to a remote working setup. And it seems like a good option too. This option makes it simpler for employees to maintain a healthy balance between their work and personal life, thus reducing all the trouble and mental stress.

In today’s world, people value flexibility in work, and working remotely is the best option for that. And for employers, it provides a broader talent pool at a more affordable cost, also evading complexities associated with keeping everyone on-site.

But is this transition that simple? Is it just like you wake up one day and decide that you are going to turn the rock and go full remote with your company? It’s not that easy; Remote teams have blockades different from those observed in traditional on-site teams.

Read here – Remote Team vs. In-house Team

For starters, radical trust and good communication are crucial between employees and employers who don’t see each other regularly. Now, this might not sound like a big problem; all you need to do is communicate, right? Well, this might come as a surprise to say that not everyone is capable of having effective communication with one another, and this is also one of the primary reasons why remote teams fail.

Now, this is perplexing; you must be thinking that in the beginning we talked about how many companies are transitioning from 9-5 job to a more remote setting, and now we are talking about the issues working with a remote team…

Well, I am sure that you want to grow as a company and ride the remote work train but worried about the complexities that it proposes. What to do now? The answer is simple – build a Managed remote team.

 

Remote Team vs. Managed Remote Team

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What does it mean to have a managed remote team?

Well, there isn’t much difference between a remote team and a managed remote team. In both the cases team members share information, collaborate, and offer assistance to each other – the job is the same. But the reason that makes a managed remote team one up the traditional remote team is an additional layer of management.

Remote work does pose some challenges in unexpected ways; however, having someone to ensure that you set KPIs for the work and build accountability within the process can be helpful.

Significant areas where a managed remote team outshines the traditional remote team –

1.Effective Leadership

Leadership is one of the critical areas to determine the success of a remote team. Appointing a team leader who is responsible for managing and ensuring that they meet their performance objectives without affecting the timeline and quality of the deliverables.

In case of a traditional remote team where there is no additional management layer, all the heavy lifting has to be done by the startup owner. As a startup owner, you already have so much on your plate that you don’t have time to babysit a remote team which ultimately lags behind.

2.Set Clear Goals or Priorities Among Team Members

With a managed remote team, you can set clear goals and priorities for the team members. With each and everyone in a different timezone working on a flexible schedule, things can get confusing and two people might start working on the same thing. Setting tasks and goals for each team member with individual priorities helps them understand what tasks they need to complete.

 

3.Initiating Engagement and Cooperation

If you have ever talked to a remote worker, you must have heard them saying that they can’t engage with other members of the team. By placing a Success Manager as a middle layer, the engagement between team members and the employer can be made simpler.

Success Manager should regularly assess the team by asking the following questions:

– Are all the members contributing to conversations and projects?

– Are they attending and actively participating in team meetings?

– Are the team members motivated to take on new work or are they feeling overwhelmed?

– Are people working well together or is there any constant and unproductive team conflict?

Organizations that work with a managed remote team have substantially better odds for success than those who start their team on a whim.

 

The Process to Build a Managed Remote Team

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Now that you are aware of the benefits of having a managed remote team over the traditional remote team. The next question that must have popped up in your mind would be how to build a managed remote team and What’s the process?

Going Remote? Is it the best option for your company?

How many times have you heard companies saying that you need to get in a room and sit face-to-face and brainstorm ideas to be successful?

Well, I think that it’s not true at all, ask Buffer, GitLab, Zapier, and Basecamp. These are some fully remote companies that let you work from anywhere.

Setting up and running a remote team requires some serious planning and commitment. Especially if you are transitioning from the traditional way to a remote setting, it will completely reshape your organization’s culture.

Before you jump the gun and decide to go completely remote, here are a few things you should ask yourself –

1. Is there a compelling reason why your team needs to be in the same cubicle every day?

2. How to bifurcate tasks that you can work on from home and for that you need to be on site?

3. Which tools and services will you require if you decide to go remote?

4. How to use your team’s varying schedules and locations to offer better services and solutions?

Working with a remote team is not for everyone, but under the right conditions and an additional management layer, a virtual team can be capable of running itself.

Developing Your Personal A-Team

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Now that you are determined to go with a remote team, it’s time to start focusing on some specifics regarding your hiring processes. When building your A-Team, you need to consider the skills and abilities you require in your remote employees. It’s crucial to test out a potential employee before getting them too involved in your business. The best way to do so is by assigning a test task and observing their progress as they complete it.

The process of developing a competent team starts with finding qualified remote employees (obviously). So start looking for those remote workers who will make your organization shine like a halo. According to a survey, most people prefer working with remote employees who are referred to them. If you don’t know anyone who can refer to you a few remote workers or you don’t like the ones referred for some reason, the next place to look for would be the freelance platforms. Trust me and you will find some experienced and skilled professionals, for sure. There are several freelancing platforms available that it’s almost difficult to choose from. Every freelancing platform offers a unique feature of its own such as Secure Money Protection, Pre-defined Job Posting Template, etc. Here is a list of the top unconventional freelance platforms that bring something unique to the market.

Once you are registered to a freelance platform, you are all set to begin your search for those dark horses. The first step is to post a job where remote workers can apply. It seems like a straightforward job, but there are specific rules which you should stick to. Don’t post the specs of your entire project because there are people who scan sites daily looking for projects to steal. Instead, focus on publishing a general description of what you want to build using the required coding languages.

Check out the best ways to write a job advertisement

After you have posted a job requirement, you are destined to receive the spam requests. The real challenge begins now; you have to weed through all the requests you receive. Naturally, you will receive a lot of useless applications as well, to analyze those and select a few worthy candidates.

You can create a list of basic skills that are required in remote workers to work efficiently. These skills could include things such as –

1.Communication Skills

2.Proactiveness

3.Flexible Management Style

4.Trustworthiness

5.Self Management

 

Interview

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You should build comprehensive interview points to test out the skills, experience, and expertise of an individual. You can include questions that help you better learn the perspective of the interviewee and understand the motivations for getting a remote job.

 

Best Remote Work Interview Questions

1. Why do you want to work remotely? – It can give you some insights into what the person is looking to gain by not having a traditional office job. This can be helpful to bring out the inner thoughts of an individual and understand them better.

 

2. Can you self-manage yourself? – Now, most of the times individuals choose to work remotely because it provides them with the flexibility that can’t be achieved in the traditional 9-5 job. There might be a situation where the employee has to work on the edge, so it is vital to know whether a remote worker is capable of managing it or not.

 

3. How would you rate yourself when it comes to communication? – The whole team’s efficiency depends on proactive communication. And since everyone in the team will be working from different locations and using technology to rely on all sorts of conversation, it is imperative to have excellent communication skills.

 

4. Why do you want to work with our company? – This is the most common question in an interview. This helps the interviewer grasp how much an individual is invested in your company.

 

Since hiring remote employees is different from hiring traditional employees, you need to tweak your approach a little. Here are some tips to help you through the process.

1.Conduct a live discussion

No matter if you are interviewing a traditional employee or a remote employee, it’s in your best interest to have a live discussion. The body language of the interviewee can answer some basic questions like is that person really interested in the job? You can also get an idea of how an individual will behave and act in a stressful situation.

2.Have a trial by combat (Test their expertise)

Most of the time interviewees tend to hide things during the interview about their specific skills that turn out to be different later on. This might affect your entire project. It’s good to assign a test and ask them to complete it in a given timeline.

 

Also, there might be the case where you are confused between two individuals and can’t decide who to choose. You can assign the same task to both and then compare who did a better job at completing it.

 

How to Successfully Manage Remote Team

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Now that you have assembled your A-Team I am sure you are eager to start working with them. As a leader in your organization, you need to be willing, able and excited to take the responsibility of moving projects and tasks forward to meet deadlines. This is a massive part of virtual team management, and it’s what separates you from the rest of the organization.

 

Few tips that can make it easy for you to manage your virtual team –

 1.Managing Tasks and Setting Priorities

When assigning tasks to the team members to make sure you keep the number of tasks limited. An ideal number of the task would be around 2-3 at a time. If you assign too many tasks, it will create confusion and room for error.

Defining clear priorities is essential. You should be able to pinpoint important projects to work on and the most important tasks

within a project.

2. Embrace Technology

Remote work revolves around using technology. Technology is the glue that holds remote workers and the organization together. Technology plays a vital role in setting up your remote team correctly. Key areas where you can leverage technology to make sure that you succeed are Communication and Monitoring.

There are multiple tools available that can help you set up an effective communication and monitoring system.

3. Build a culture

Building a culture is really important. Since everyone in your team is miles apart from each other, you need to find ways to compensate for the fact that you are not bumping into each other.

Making your remote team feel a part of something big is really important. You can arrange yearly trips where all of the team members come together. On birthdays and special occasions, you can gift your team members. This will help you solidify the bond between team members as well as with you.

4.Create Documentation and Processes

Blueprinting the task really helps. You can create templates, plans and process to streamline everything. With a proper process in place, in case of emergencies, anyone can take a look at the process and come up with solutions.

Also, when you set a process, it tells your employees the “Why” behind any task. It is going to be a tough task at the beginning but as time passes and once a repetitive task is blueprinted, it’s done forever. It’s an effective way of scaling your business.

 

How RemotePanda Operates

 

What makes Remotepanda different

RemotePanda is a marketplace to hire remote workers. What really sets RemotePanda apart from the other platform is that RemotePanda offers that additional layer of management which is required to ensure the success of any project.

RemotePanda exists because of the rise of CXO’s who want the benefits of working with the remote team but also don’t want to waste their valuable time and energy into managing them.

RemotePanda has developed a marketplace with unique features that are like a concierge service to outsourcing, and where a successful manager is assigned that helps throughout the journey from matchmaking, setting of the process, building the KPIs and reporting.

 

RemotePanda’s Process

 

RemotePanda follows a very streamlined process. As soon as a client shoots an inquiry regarding a project, the team at RemotePanda go through all the resources and select the top 4-5 profiles of the people that fit the client’s requirements. The client can also go through all the resources on the website and pick the one which suits him. The team at RemotePanda is determined to make the process of finding the right remote resource as simple as possible. After the remote resources are shortlisted, interviews are scheduled a successful manager is assigned to the client. The success manager acts as a medium between the client and the remote employee. Success manager aids and function as your personal assistant that is invented to assist you in achieving the specific goal which involves your hired resource. This assistance will entail; help from the time of hire all the way through receiving your deliverables. In essence, it functions as your team member.

 

Conclusion

Building a managed remote team is not an easy task. There are multiple pieces of the puzzle which need to be collected and assembled in order to see a bigger picture. You need to focus on things that seem like some small stones on the side of the road and if overlooked, these small stones can turn into a big rock blocking your road to success.

Eager to give remote work a try?

We’re always happy to spill “insider” secrets on what makes for a happy, effective telecommuting team. Drop us a line anytime and let us know what questions you have about the wonderful world of remote work!

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.

 

RemotePanda at Techday

RemotePanda at Techday

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While RemotePanda had a gala-time at TechDay here are the 10 really great businesses the Panda could spot on

1) Jade Insights

 

Jade Insights strives to facilitate the revolutionary growth of the US Cannabis business and to spread that growth and wealth to those who historically have not had access to it. The aim is to create groundbreaking data tools for the cannabis industry that will allow business owners to run their business smooth and successfully.
Jade Insights provides a comprehensive view of all major departments of a cannabis company. With easy-to-use dashboards, users can understand their Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), then compare their operations to industry benchmarks. Users are also able to set up regularly scheduled alerts, emails, and reports to manage by exception.

2) Hotels By Day

 

HotelsByDay is a startup based in New York City and made up of a team of hospitality industry veterans, technology experts and entrepreneurs who decided that there should be a better way for hotels to leverage their unused inventory during the day and for guests to be granted flexibility of check-in & check-out of a hotel room outside the conventional hours. It is observed that travelers need more dynamic options when they shop for hotel rooms. Hotelsbyday provides intra-day hotel spaces: offering travelers flexibility, comfort, and a space of their own.

3) Maz

 

MAZ products empower leaders in media industries to become pioneers in OTT and mobile technology. MAZ aims to provide tools that aid in building and maintaining apps across all platforms without any technical expertise. By using these tools and services, one can eliminate additional hiring of editorial, marketing, and design teams.MAZ was named one of Entrepreneur’s “Best Entrepreneurial Companies in America” as well as one of Inc.’s “30 Under 30 World’s Coolest Entrepreneurs”.

 

4) Bestest

 

Bestest brings “polling to the people” through a dedicated mobile app that gives everyone the power to collect usable insights, answers and feedback on the issues of the day through real-time opinion research. Bestest assists users in making better decisions. Using the dedicated application users can ask friends, teammates, classmates, co-workers or constituents to weigh in on picture and text polls that they create.

 

5) Inventaprint

 

Inventaprint’s goal is simple: help ideas come to life. Inventaprint is working diligently to connect inventors and businesses with vetted local or large manufacturers to simplify the creative process and achieve lower manufacturing costs. Inventaprint believes that the process of creating products should be smooth and accessible for everyone, Inventaprint cuts out the hassle of vetting manufacturers. To ensure that the businesses get top of the line manufacturers, Inventaprints carry out multiple assessments and screening processes. This approach aids in making smarter decisions.

 

6) Fixional

 

Fixional began as a publisher trying to organize the world of online fiction onto one site. In the process, they came to an understanding that they could best serve the world of writing by offering software to other authors, editors, agents, and publishers. Fixional provides state of the art software that reviews writing and offers advanced manuscript editing. The software helps authors edit and think about their work; it allows editors to find the manuscripts that best match their publication. Additionally, it acts as a recruitment platform for agents to find authors to represent. Fixional helps review and explore thousands of manuscripts within moments, providing new insights and possibilities which assists in maintaining high standards.

 

7) Vacayo

 

Vacayo leverages technology to help people obtain financial freedom through real estate. Vacayo is a platform which allows individuals to rent their home for a year or more. Vacayo provides high monthly rent and management of cleaning, maintenance, and insurance. Vacayo aims at revolutionizing vacation rental management by offering homeowners high profits, total coverage, and better options.

8) Swoogo

 

Swoogo created an event management software that helps a planner execute an event with minimum hassle. Swoogo believes that event planners are always juggling multiple tasks, in order to provide them the element of relaxation the tool was developed. Swoogo combines heavy-weight event creation, management, and marketing features with easy-to-use, easy-to-understand reporting. To conclude it is safe to say that Swoogo is the best choice that anyone can have when concerning event management.

9) Spectronn

 

Spectronn is an innovative and creative company focused on providing WiFi for transportation. The company is driven to provide transformatively, AI-driven, cloud managed cognitive radio networking and mobile edge computing technologies.Spectronn’s SiFi — an AI-driven cognitive wireless technology that provides resilient and high-speed WiFi in buses, cars, trains, trucks and other forms of transportation by dynamically connecting to multiple wireless networks (3G, 4G/LTE, satellite, etc.) simultaneously. Smart mobile edge computing supports video streaming, gaming, and other applications even if no mobile Internet.

10) Airport Sherpa

 

Airport Sherpa was founded by two frequent travelers ready to transform the airport experience. Airport Sherpa enables travelers to discover new and existing retail and dining options across all airports. Airport Sherpa is focused on delivering an improved traveling experience. Airport Sherpa allows travelers to grab orders as they walk through the airport. Travelers can check real-time updates for the orders and flight status.

 

Conclusion:

 

The time spent by RemotePanda at TechDay was phenomenal. RemotePanda experienced a truly blissful day full of opportunities to gain and absorb knowledge and information. The whole environment was encompassed with entrepreneurial excellence. To sum it up in a few words it was just a truly amazing experience.

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Save Up to $20,000 Every Year

Save Up to $20,000 Every Year

How can you possibly save up to $20,000/year? By hiring Remote Employees!

Now before you roll your eyes or move on thinking it is impossible, let us have a look at the stats.

 

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Note: The money saved is $20,000 per employee per year.

Costs Incurred in Hiring Full-time Employees

Companies spend up to $20,000 extra apart from the basic salary of the employees each year. These costs include office rent, IT infrastructure, office supplies, recruitment costs, and employee benefits such as medical insurance, employment taxes, and other expenses. One can easily save extra costs by hiring remote teams. An exemplary instance is how American Express saved almost $15Mn/year by allowing its employees to work remotely.

If a company as reputed as American Express can leverage the benefits of remote and save so much money, why don’t all other companies take inspiration from it? After all, businesses are mostly about the bottom line! Turns out the answer to it is that not everyone can manage remote workers successfully. Companies underestimate the structure needed to manage remote teams.

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Cost Factor: 

A company needs competent managers capable of handling both in-house and remote workers simultaneously. When done right, companies can easily save up the money they would otherwise spend on running a physical office. The benefits required for an employee salaried $50, 000 would involve life insurance up to $150 and health coverage ranging $2000 to $7000 depending on whether it is for an individual or family. The telephone and computer expenses sum up to $1000+ per computer and $700 for telephones and necessary software. Additionally, it includes the rent for space which can amount to $2000 at a minimum.The costs can go even higher depending upon the location and how fancy the workplace is. The total expenses go up to $4000 per employee when working in the physical office. Let us dive deeper into how you can make remote actually work for you and save your added costs.

How Remote Work Increases Productivity

At first glance, you might think that hiring remote workers will cast a negative impact on productivity. They might indulge in household chores or any other activity than work. You might also wonder how you would even monitor them if they are working from the comfort of their home.

However, according to the latest survey by Flexjobs, over 65% of remote workers think that they are more productive working remotely.


1. Fewer Distractions

Unlike the traditional office environment, there are fewer distractions from colleagues, reduced stress of commuting and zero office politics. The absence of such things definitely boosts the productivity of the employees. Another study done by the University of Illinois revealed that the task-based performance of employees significantly increases when working remotely.

 

2. Utilizing Productive Hours

Some employees like to work late night while some are early birds. A flexible work environment helps employees in making the most of their productive hours thus improving the quality of work. The office-going employees seldom experience such luxuries.

Did you know that 78% of employees who call in sick are actually not? They just need the time off to pay heed to their family or get indulged in other essential tasks.

To the contrary, remote staff continues to work even when they are sick as they can stay home without causing harm to colleagues. They also get back to work sooner after medical emergencies and schedule the errands without losing an entire day.

In a recent Global Workplace Analytics Study, Dow Chemical, Best Buy and British Telecom reported that their employees were 35-40% more productive when they worked from home. This data is overwhelming as well as eye-opening. In yet another study by CTrip, remote workers reported being 14% more productive than their office counterparts.

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Cost Factor:

The workplace distractions can pose a loss as massive as $600 Billion for large companies, according to TRN. With increased productivity, while working remotely, you can save up this sum. Thus, the cost saved by hiring remote workers per year for each employee is from $5000 to $7000.

 


Access to Global Talent

 

Your ability to scale your business depends on your workforce. After all, it is the people that make a company thrive! Hiring remote workers allows you to hire only the best employees from a large talent pool. A remote and flexible role appeals to more people. It also helps you take advantage of the currency difference. Employees might hail from places where the cost of living in low enabling you to secure the top talent for a fraction of the cost.

Interesting, isn’t it? People hate to travel long hours and are therefore more inclined towards remote jobs. They are also less willing to leave their families and move out to another city for a job opportunity. Offering remote roles to candidates lets you choose from a plethora of options. You can then screen these candidates and find out if they are the best fit for the role.

More often than not, finding the right employee within your city can be cumbersome. Companies spend months looking for the right talent to join their teams. The constraint of location ultimately forces them to compromise with the quality and hire whosoever is available. Why affect your work when you can easily hire remote employees? It is indeed a win-win situation for both the company and the workers.

Studies show that employees are more likely to be engaged when they work from home. And highly engaged people often stay motivated. They would be more willing to push their limits as they feel that the work is meaningful. Moreover, remote workers focus on getting more work done in less time so that they can enjoy their free time. The same doesn’t apply to office going folks as they still have to be at work even if they finish their job faster.

Access to global talent

Cost Factor:
Hiring remote workers can help you save up these costs as you find the exact talent for the job from a global pool. According to Global HR Research, companies bear a loss of $1000 to $7000 per employee if it is not the right candidate.

Reduced Employee Turnover


Losing an employee affects not only your business but also your money. For instance, if your company has an annual turnover of 11% then including the hiring costs, employee training, refilling the role and productivity opportunity will cost you $1.57 million per year. Hiring remote workers can help you reduce employee turnover.

According to Harvard Business Review, 68% millennial job seekers said an option to work remotely would significantly increase their interest in the specific employer. Moreover, job attrition rates fall by a whopping 50% when companies offer remote work opportunities. Workers stick to the companies that provide such remote jobs. This, in turn, enables the companies to not hunt for new talent every now and again.

The 2015 PGI Global Telework Survey shows that 68% of the surveyed workers worldwide would leave their current jobs for a similar job wherein they can work remotely full time at the same pay. A company could lose valuable employees if they aren’t offering flexible telecommuting jobs.

Additionally, employees also tend to work more owing to the flexible hours. Studies have also observed that people who work remotely often work post business hours, unlike the in-house staff. They have the flexibility of balancing work and their personal life within 24 hours while delivering quality.

Hiring remote employees makes your meetings more meaningful. With a dedicated slot allocated for the meeting, you are more likely to stay focused and make the most of the designated time. Knowing that the meeting will wrap up soon enables you to get right to the point. That means increased efficiency and in work while saving a lot of time.

Cost Factor:

Remote workers save up to $5000 per year working from home which makes them reduce the turnover, as per TRN. They also put in long hours which enable companies to make more profit.


Lesser Sick Leaves and Happier Employees

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Did you know that employees report less downtime and sick leaves while working remotely?

Since they do not have to put in long hours commuting, the chances of them getting stressed out decreases. Staying at home gives them adequate rest which makes them come back to work sooner after a disease. Even if the remote employees lose some time taking care of themselves, they can always compensate it, thanks to the flexible hours.

The fact of working remotely is workers get the flexibility required for balancing well-being and work boosts productivity. Even on the sick leaves, if they start feeling better, they can log in and start working. Also, employers are steadily realizing the importance of remote workers.

As a company, you might think that remote workers are lazy and they would slack around. However, according to a Connect Solutions survey, 30% of workers said that they accomplished more in less time when they started working remotely.

When asked about how happy they were, remote workers said they would rank their happiness 8.1 out of 10 while working remotely. Telecommuters are more satisfied than workers in other arrangements as they get to stay autonomous while still feeling valued. Remote workers highly value their freedom and flexibility. When companies provide them with remote jobs, employees feel happier and thus produce better results.

Cost Factor:

Unscheduled absences cost around $1800 per year per employee, according to PGI. The chances of absenteeism will be significantly reduced with remote working.


Hiring Fast and Saving Recruitment Expenses


The hiring time is drastically reduced when you are looking for remote employees. That’s because finding the right talent within the said geography might take longer than usual. However, when you hire remotely, there is a broader pool of candidates that too from various locations. You can shortlist them based on the criteria and then proceed with the screening.

Who wouldn’t love to work from the comfort of their home while sipping some coffee with their pajamas on? Millennials are always looking for avenues wherein they get to learn and expand their knowledge while keeping their freedom intact. The current generation hardly believes in conforming to any company and is more inclined to live a digital nomad lifestyle. With so many people applying for remote jobs, you are sure to find the right candidate way faster.

The best part is remote work gets rid of the costs involved in recruitment and relocation. You no longer have to move your employees as they are going nowhere! However, your HR team should have access to both national and international candidates to make the most of this opportunity. Companies like IBM, Google and Amazon offer remote working options. These major industry players are saving a lot of money by hiring telecommuters. Needless to say, the trend of remote work is here to stay! Thanks to the technology at discourse, you can create an engaging work environment virtually. Increase your business productivity and save a massive amount of money by hiring remote employees.

Hiring Fast and Saving Recruitment Expenses

Cost Factor:

According to Glassdoor, it takes up to 52 days to fill a position along with average spending of $4000 to hire an employee. If the employee is being hired based on location constraints, they need not be the exact match. Thus, hiring a wrong candidate who is certainly not the best fit means $4000 for that candidate and $4000 for the replacement. Therefore, by hiring remote, you can save $4000 per candidate per year.


Statistics Supporting Remote Work

 

You are bound to find overwhelming statistics on the internet about how remote work helps in saving money, increasing employee satisfaction and boosting employee retention rates. Apart from the overhead costs that you will save, employee satisfaction and lower attrition are very crucial. A company is truly built from its employees, and remote jobs give the much-needed freedom to the staff.

a survey reports that 82% of telecommuters feel less stressed in their lives, thanks to remote jobs 🙂  It boosts the morale of employees and they are less likely to take unplanned leaves and check-out during the working hours.

Data from Global Workplace Analytics shows that 24% of remote workers report of achieving more in less time as opposed to conventional office employees. Focusing on the happiness of your employees can be a driving force to success. When your employees are happy, they are less likely to daydream about where they would rather be. Working remotely helps them be more present and focused.

Employee happiness is a by-product of remote work culture. Think about it! No distraction of the time-wasting procedures in the office, constant chatter of the co-workers, sudden meetings, celebrations, and other hindrances. Employees can entirely focus on the work at hand and feel more accountable and productive. It gives them a more profound sense of satisfaction.

Statistics supporting remote work

 

 How to Build Remote Teams

 

Companies realize how hiring remote workers can benefit their organization. However, they also need to be very diligent while selecting the candidates. Investing in the training of remote employees and keeping them engaged virtually are crucial aspects of building a remote team.

There is a drastic need for clear objectives and an excellent vision to reach the goals. To begin with, you must have talented employees on board. Secondly, there should be a reliable and robust communication network. Once the recruitment is done, it is equally important to keep them motivated and involved in the company.

While it might be quite easy to do so with an in-house team, remote teams might need some more attention. A great way to keep the employees motivated could be to introduce the concept of incentives. That automatically results in employee loyalty and better performance. Awards and recognition make the employee feel important even while working remotely.

Employers are encouraged to ensure constant and effective communication among managers and employees. They shouldn’t feel left out or ignored in the process. To hire the right candidates, you must take an interview either through Skype or any other platform. Test their core competencies before assigning them tasks.

You would have to foresee the time-zone and communication issues. Even though remote teams can be a boon, but a time difference of more than eight hours is rarely recommended. You might face challenges in case you wish to have live team meetings. Also, check for language barriers while hiring candidates.

Communicate the company vision clearly to your employees so that their actions are aligned with your objectives. Set some standard procedures in place for addressing the commonly faced challenges. There should be absolutely no ambiguity about what you expect out of your employees.

 

Challenges Faced in Building Remote Teams and How to Conquer Them

 

According to the 2017 Employee Benefits Report, 60% of the companies in the United States offer telecommuting jobs. Data from Up work also reveals that the number of freelancers and contractors have seen a significant rise over the years. However, managing remote teams has the challenges of its own. For instance, employers often struggle to decide how much work is too much or too less. Here are the challenges typically faced by companies and how to overcome them.

 

  • Communication: Communication is vital for the flow of information and employees often face hurdles while ensuring seamless communication. Make it a point to gauge the communication skills of your employees while hiring them. It is essential to know how they would interact on calls and emails when hired for a remote position. Moreover, it’s your responsibility as a leader to foster communication within your organization. There are various tools that you can use. For instance, you may use Slack, Google Hangouts, and Twist for chats; Trello and Jira for project management; Calendy and Doodle for scheduling; and Google Meet and Zoom for web and video conferencing. You can try out the various tools for building remote teams and pick the one that best suits your needs.

 

  • Trust: Collaboration and engagement are the by-products of trust within teams. However, it can get tough to build trust among teams that are remotely located. The workaround for this is to have a clear mission statement. Defining your mission right in the beginning and conveying it to your employees ensures that they follow through it. Use innovative team building ideas so that all your employees get acquainted with each other’s style of working. It is a crucial step in building trust! Define the team structure and who reports to whom to ensure workflow. Meeting regularly through video conferencing will help teams in establishing a sense of connectedness. It also prevents the employees from feeling left out.  

 

  • Productivity: As an employer, it is quite natural to be anxious about the overall productivity of the teams. After all, the remote work setting can cause employee burnout due to lack of boundaries. The solution to this problem is to establish clear goals and come up with deadlines. Not all your employees are going to work at the same pace. However, you must communicate the deadlines to utilize the time effectively. Encourage using tools such as Toggl or Harvest for time-tracking. It could also be the other way round when your top performers might tend to overwork and exhaust themselves. You should monitor the workload and suggest corrective measures. Develop processes and schedule team meetings to make sure that everything is on track.

 

 

 

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.

 

  • Avoiding burnout: Providing a flexible work culture is an excellent 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 hours and make the most of their productive hours. It is absurd for them to conform to a regular 9 to 5 work culture only. They truly value productivity even if it is beyond the defined working hours.

 

  • 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?

 

 

Final Take

 

Thus, your organization can save a lot of money by switching to remote work. The transition from the physical office to a virtual one can be a little challenging. However, with the right tools and technology, you can conquer it. Setting clear expectations and streamlining the processes outright is the way to go. Hiring remote employees don’t only help you save up to $20,000 each year per employee but also boosts productivity. That means a company with 500 employees can save close to 10 Million per year by hiring remotely. Make sure that you accommodate the needs of millennials who are a crucial part of the future workforce.