Common myths about remote teams

It’s clear that it’s tough to find leading technical skill. The issue has actually been exacerbated as a growing number of creators have actually bought into the belief that they have to build an internal team.

Another issue is that the rising cost of living makes it nearly impossible for growth-stage startups to afford technical talent, and they have been forced to compete with the market-rate wages offered by larger tech companies.

There are a number of myths around remote working; here are the leading 3:

  • Remote workers will certainly be ineffective
  • Remote teams will be devoid of culture
  • Remote teams can not scale

But if you hire and arrange your team correctly, these will be absolutely nothing more than myths. Even growth-stage start-ups have actually succeeded with remote teams.

Myth 1: Remote workers will certainly be ineffective
Employees in any organization will certainly be ineffective. This is not unique to remote working. One major part to productivity is the environment. Some workers find it tough to focus in cubicle farms with consistent disruptions. They opt to work from home or a location of choice where they can believe quietly and prevent wasting time with a long commute.

However, bosses maybe skeptical, believing that only if they see an employee in person or seated in their cubicle they are getting work done. The solution isn’t to make everyone entered into work. It’s to hold employees accountable by establishing a process that is flexible, and using tools to follow the process.

Tools like Github, Slack, and Essential Tracker make it easy to team up from another location and track progress. With tracking tools and documentation, team leads can see the development on each project, however they can also see and quantify the efficiency of each employee. Measurable timelines and job conclusion are a lot more telling than out-of-date proxies like, “is my employee in his seat?”.

Myth 2: Remote teams will certainly be devoid of culture
Culture is a mix of shared values, objectives, and communication. People blame distance for an absence of culture. However when it pertains to communication, even internal teams struggle with it. I’ve encountered teams where people have no idea what the person who is sitting right alongside them is working on!

For this reason distance isn’t the wrongdoer. The offender is a closed culture, where team members operate in silos and don’t interact about their jobs. One method of preventing silos from forming is to centralize the team on a common activity.

For example, everybody on the Olark team has to man chat support, not just the customer support team. It’s a terrific method for everybody to stay updated on the product and understand how customers feel about it. They also acknowledge the value of facetime, because it gives people an opportunity to truly connect and get to know each other as individuals. It can be a challenge to develop a deep connection over a short period of time simply through composed communication. So once a year they will organize a team retreat for one week, and regularly the 4 co-founders will get together for creator retreats.

Myth 3: Remote teams can not scale
The reason most remote teams can not scale is because individuals haven’t laid down a good foundation for collaboration. It does need an investment in terms of process and tools. If a company grows familiar with working onsite, then suddenly decides to become a remote team, there will be problems.

Jason van den Brand, the CEO and Co-Founder of Lenda, was attempting to scale recruiting, but was hesitant if his startup might make a remote team work. His team had actually gotten accustomed to collaborating on-site. He communicates his story:.

“At first I was extremely hesitant to work with remote developers. The hype that surrounds Silicon Valley largely suggests that to be successful, you need to hire internal; and I bought into that for a truly very long time. At that time, our dev team was sinking, our product couldn’t handle the user base, and everything was on fire. We had to hire a lead engineer.

Then a trusted advisor presented us to a candidate whom they had actually dealt with outside the valley. We took a look at the engineer’s resume and were immediately impressed. The prospect didn’t wish to leave his household, which was based in Alabama. We flew him out to SF and he was everything we had actually ever expected in a hire.

We consented to fly him out here every quarter for facetime, and a lot of days he works SF hours from his office. Within 2 months, our product stabilized, our team self-confidence grew, and now we’re growing like crazy. While that’s outstanding in itself, the really fantastic thing is that we now have the system, self-confidence, and wherewithal to hire the best developer for the job.



Technology is a global phenomenon, and if you limit your talent pool to a 30-mile radius, you’re living in the past instead of pursuing the future.

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