Remote work is gaining popularity globally as more skilled employees and contractors look for autonomous positions, but it is a trend that is being slowly adopted by some businesses.  Companies may still be hesitant and are not always receptive towards the idea of having members of a team that are located in multiple geographical locations.  Using remote team members for technical, sales or creative work may seem to entail greater risk, and runs counter to the traditional office based environment that is easier to manage and control.

There remain a few common myths and misconceptions about remote workers that need to be dispelled before a company can embrace this growing business strategy.

Remote Workers Are Not As Productive

productive (1)

One of the leading concerns for a business owner that is contemplating hiring remote workers, is the idea that team members can’t possibly be as productive without supervision and on-site management.  However, in the modern age of time tracking tools, message boards and websites such as Slack, there are many ways to manage remote workers and monitor productivity.  The key is “to hold employees accountable by establishing a process that is flexible, and using tools to follow the process.”

In truth, the businesses that use this strategy find that remote team members are actually more productive than office staff. The larger problem is actually that of overwork and burnout, due to the temptation to work longer hours without the daily support of co-workers and managers.

Tracking down milestones for remote workers is really hard. One reason why teams don’t usually think that remote workers is productive in doing their works is they don’t have enough time to collaborate with their team members.

However, Hubstaff  has proven through their research that remote workers is more productive than office based- teams through these following reasons:

  • They perform better
  • They report higher levels of productivity
  • They take less sick leave and log more hours
  • They are more engaged
  • They are better at collaboration
  • They are happier with their jobs

Remote Workers Are Not As Skilled

skilled (1)

Another misconception is that the most skilled workers prefer to be in a formal office, while remote workers are those that simply could not qualify for the leading positions.  This myth is especially common when a worker is an independent contractor or freelancer, since there is the perception that their work is a hobby, they don’t need the money or they simply could not ‘make it’ in the traditional work world.  However, many contractors just prefer the independence and autonomy of self-employment, and often have a high level of skill and motivation developed during their career.

Because of this, hiring remote workers allows access to some of the most highly skilled talent in a given industry.  Companies are no longer bound by geographical restrictions and may expand the hiring pool to extend across state and regional lines, or even international borders.  “Recruiting talent without geographical boundaries is the only way to get the very best people. If the person who is the very best in her field lives by choice on a sustainable ranch in Montana, do you opt for second best? Or do you take the talent where you can find it?”

Working from home could be distracting. It is very surprising that not all people do have the desire to work in a traditional place but do have the desire to work in a remote set up. Important thing that a dev team must think is how to collaborate with the other team members through the help of the tools that are available and fit for the team.

Some people are effective when they are working in their favorite environment wherein they could share their skills with other team members. To work with people that do have the engagement to be part of the dev team could be an advantage for the team development and success.

It Is Difficult to Find Remote Workers

A key question that arises for a company contemplating the use of remote teams is how to locate and recruit workers.  In some cases, they might be former employees or contractors, but more often a concerted networking approach will be required to locate top talent.  Websites such as LinkedIn offer one way to begin growing a pool of potential recruits from the over 200 million users.  There are also sites that list a wide range of project-based contractors and freelancers who may be open to a broader commitment.

A company can also access international freelancer networking sites for specific industries such as software development and engineering.  Participating in these sites can result in contact with established contractors in a given region or country.

Finding the right people could be hard, however if you have some strategies to find them then it would be easy for you to do it. There are lot of tools that you can use from internet or other sources that would be available. But if you like to know more about it and to have more idea on how to find and hire a developer that would fit for you team, check out our blog with the topic about Hiring developers from the Philippines, hope it will help you in finding the right developer for your remote team.

It Is Difficult to Communicate With and Manage Remote Workers

manage (1)

A natural issue with a remote team is that of communication and management across distances and time zones, without losing a sense of connection and inclusion.  The primary question that arises for an employer is, “how do I know what my team member is doing, and what progress is being made?”  Not every remote worker is skilled at self-management, but fortunately there are apps and tools available that can overcome this potential problem.

“One way to establish and monitor milestones is through online checklist boards such as Trello or Basecamp, which allow team members to communicate, post work product and signal project progress.” Slack, is another messaging app for remote teams with real time message boards similar to Skype, but with the ability to integrate multiple teams and give a sense of a virtual workplace.”

Using these tools can ease the challenges of communication and management for remote teams, shifting the focus onto actual performance and project progress.

To find leading technical skill is really tough. Some other tech industries are having a hard time in competing with the market rate wages offered by other tech industries. But if you hire and manage your team properly, then you will really achieve the growth that you actually need for your remote dev team. With the right tools for tracking and documentation of projects or works, team can see the development on each project and measure the milestones of each employee.



Thinking of building your app on Ruby on Rails? Shoot us an email at Here at Bootyard, we’ve been building and designing Ruby on Rails apps since 2011.