First things first, Let me begin with saying developing a survey report is a lot of effort. Phew! 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 –
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 –
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 –
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
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 –
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 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 tonne of money to buy a boat maybe. HAHA!