Our point of departure is that in the long run most people feel better, and function better, in a team than solo from home. That is why we value having an office where people can work together. Unfortunately, this is not always possible. Sometimes team members are spread across different offices, cities or even countries.
At Team4Code, all employees therefore have the necessary tools to communicate easily. Everyone has a notebook, we use Google Suite with Gmail, Hangouts, Calender and share documents in the Drive. We also use Slack and keep track of our hours and tasks in Avaza. With all the technical tools that we have available today, it is easy to work remotely.
Just as important as the means of communication is the way how we communicate with each other. How do we ensure that everyone remains connected and involved. How do we manage our work? Some people need continuous guidance while others can also work independently, provided that the goals and framework in which they must function are clear. When recruiting new people, we pay even more attention to personality over knowledge and skills. We are looking specifically for professionals who can communicate well, are motivated, reliable and independent. Specialists who can manage their time effectively and who can deal with the freedom of remote working. An article published by Forbes outlines the 10 essential properties of the perfect remote workers:
- Appreciates result over process
- Is a self-starter
- Is able to complete a test project
- Is punctual and responsive
- Is motivated by something bigger than himself
- Is a natural problem solver
- Has attention to detail and follows KPIs
- Has a strong technical talent
- Has already experience with a form of working remotely
- Is focused on growth
Provide personal contact
When people all work remotely, it is more difficult to create a team. The risk is that a group of “freelancers” will emerge, all of which are aimed at meeting the wishes of the manager, without a team working together on common goals. That is why we advise our customers to stimulate contact between team members. This can be done by making team members jointly responsible for a result, ensuring that there are meetings where the manager is not present and by not only talking about work during the meeting. Show that you are really interested in the employee. Various online teambuilding activities are also possible, museum hack gives a useful overview of this.
Making software is the work of men and women. People-oriented leadership is therefore a precondition for success. Especially when working remotely, it is important to get to know colleagues personally. Better understanding helps to understand each other better. This makes it easier to mention problems. The result is higher employee satisfaction and colleagues who want to go the extra mile to help each other.
It is hardly imaginable, but there are still companies that work remotely without using modern means such as video chat and slack. Who barely know their remote colleagues. It often doesn’t work for these companies. On the other hand, countless companies prove daily that working remotely works for them. In the beginning it can be difficult. It requires adjustments, both from the employees and from the manager. Maybe it will take you a while to find the best way of working for you. We like to think along with you. If you want, we share our experiences and help you make remote working a success.
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