Remote Work FAQs Answered (Plus Wisdom from Work-at-Home Experts)

Published on November 15, 2016 By Janie Kliever
Virtual Office, Remote Teams, Managing Remote

News flash: remote work isn’t just a trend popular with Starbucks-frequenting freelancers and work-from-home parents. It’s an approach to work (and work-life balance) that’s increasingly becoming a viable business model for companies and a desirable benefit for employees.

In fact, Global Workplace Analytics’ analysis of data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2005–2014 American Community Survey indicates that 80 to 90% of the U.S. workforce would like to work remotely at least part time.

5 Time-Tracking Tools For Managing Your Remote Engineering Team

Published on October 20, 2016 By Amanda Walgrove
Remote Teams, Managing Remote

“Remember that Time is Money. He that can earn Ten Shillings a Day by his Labour, and goes abroad, or sits idle one half of that Day … has really spent or rather thrown away Five Shillings besides.”

That’s the origin of the famous quote, “Time is money,” having first appeared in Benjamin Franklin’s “Advice to a Young Tradesman, Written by an Old One.” And it’s an adage that still holds true today—especially for remote team managers.

When you’re in charge of a team that’s spread across locations—and often across the world—it’s crucial to have tools and technologies in place that can keep everyone connected and working towards a common goal.

Still, time-tracking isn’t as much about keeping tabs on employees as it is about driving productivity and delivering key metrics. After all, if you’ve taken the measures to hire and train all-star developers, you won’t have to worry about slapping anyone on the wrist. You just need to make sure they have the resources they need to do their job...

7 Studies That Prove People Work Better in Teams

Published on October 14, 2016 By Amanda Walgrove

In 1976, Bela and Martha Karolyi made history when their protegee, Nadia Comaneci, became the first-ever Olympic gymnast to score a perfect 10.0 in her routine. But their legacy didn’t end there. After defecting from communist Romania to America, the Karolyis set out to accomplish an even bigger goal: Coach the US gymnasts to win their very first gold medal as a unified Olympic team.

After returning from the Barcelona Olympics with only a bronze, the Karolyis realized they’d been making a huge mistake. The gymnasts had been training separately with their own coaches, and only came together as a team at the actual Games. That’s when Martha decided to dramatically revamp their strategy. Before the centennial Olympics in Atlanta, she insisted that all seven athletes meet and train at a team camp for two weeks.

“That was the first moment when the US had a program that put team orientation in front of the individual success,” Martha said in NBC’s documentary, Karolyi. “If the team is...

Your Next Great Hire is Halfway Across the World. What Do You Do?

Published on October 13, 2016 By Amanda Walgrove
Remote Teams, Remote Staffing

Just like your soulmate might be on the other side of the planet, sometimes your company’s best talent is hiding out of reach. After all, the most qualified people across the world aren’t just confined to your city. (If they are, though, please spill the secret of your magical location!)

The question remains: What do you do if you want to bring this talent on board?

5 Must-Read Books for Remote Teams and Leaders

Published on October 13, 2016 By Janie Kliever
Remote Teams, Managing Remote

 

What's one thing many top business leaders have in common? They read. A lot.

From Warren Buffett (who devotes about 80% of his day to reading) to Bill Gates (who reads about 50 books per year, or one per week), reading—or more specifically, learning through reading—is a priority for professional development and success.

When asked about the key to his success, Buffet pointed to a stack of books and gave this advice: “Read 500 pages like this every day. That’s how knowledge works. It builds up, like compound interest. All of you can do it, but I guarantee not many of you will do it.”

For those who want to succeed, learning never stops. So in the interest of topping up your knowledge quotient, we’ve curated a list of five must-read business books for remote teams and leaders.

Women in Tech: Why So Few?

Published on October 12, 2016 By Janie Kliever

It’s no secret that the technology industry has a problem with women. IBM reports that women make up less than 20% of the tech workforce worldwide, but this gender gap is only the tip of the iceberg. From stereotypes that discourage young women from considering career paths in computer science and IT to outright hostility in tech work environments, it’s no wonder many female tech professionals look around at meetings and conferences to find themselves the only woman in the room.

The Real Reasons CEOs Aren’t Happy With Their Engineering Teams

Published on October 12, 2016 By Amanda Walgrove
Remote Teams, Remote Staffing

Tell us if this sounds familiar: You’re getting ready to launch your product or make some major updates to your system. To get this done, you need to either build a development team or patch holes on the one you already have—and you need to do it fast. In a hurry, you circulate job listings, quickly onboard new engineering hires, and get them started on a project as soon as possible. Great. Done. All set, right?

Not exactly. It’s rarely that easy to find high-quality talent. And if it was, companies wouldn’t be having such a hard time building their development teams.

Tech Talent Shortage? Not With This IT Hiring Strategy

Published on August 22, 2016 By Janie Kliever

Highly qualified tech talent is the holy grail of IT staffing—everyone wants it, but it’s hard to find (or even know where to start looking).

Sure, recruiters or hiring managers can look for contractors on freelancing websites, but the quality and skill level you find on these kinds of platforms is hit-and-miss since there’s no barrier to entry or vetting process.

It doesn’t help that we’re in the middle of a global tech skills shortage—the largest since the Great Recession. In May 2016, Harvey Nash and KPMG published a survey of over 3,300 CIOs in 82 countries. A majority of the CIOs (65%) had a major concern:

“They believe a lack of talent will prevent their organization from keeping up with the pace of change.”

How to Work Smarter: 3 Workplace Productivity Myths Debunked

Published on August 19, 2016 By Janie Kliever

Graphics via Freepik.

Whether you work in an office or from home, staying focused can range from mildly difficult to downright impossible. From noisy co-workers (even if they’re your children—or cats) to the siren call of social media, there’s always something to distract.

If those days where you feel like you haven’t accomplished much come around more often than you’d like to admit, you’re not alone. Consider these statistics:

  • Worldwide, workers average only three productive days per week. Put another way, close to 40% of the workweek is unproductive. (Source: Microsoft)
  • 80% of workers admit to wasting time at work, with nearly 1 in 5 wasting three hours or more per day. (Source: GetVoIP)
  • Interruptions (and the time it takes to recover from them) consume nearly 30% of the average worker’s day. (Source: Basex)

Image source: GetVoIP

We clearly have a productivity problem. And it may be because we’ve been looking at productivity the wrong way. Ready for a wake-up call? Read on as...

Building Culture in Remote Teams

Published on July 15, 2016 By Crossover

The thought of building culture in distributed teams can be both confusing and daunting. Where do you start when you've never even met in person? While these fears are valid, we're here to tell you that it's easier than you think. We've put together a PDF outlining the ways managers can facilitate the growth of a positive company culture that will not only result in greater team satisfaction but also greater productivity and team success.

In our PDF, you'll learn how communication plays an essential role in culture, and how you can tweak your team's communication style for better transparency and trust. You'll also learn ways to structure communication outside of work to strengthen culture. We've even included a few ideas for fun virtual hangouts like coffee chats, virtual trivia, and more. If you're interested in boosting your team's culture and success, check out our guide below.

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