6 Communication Habits of Successful Remote Teams

Published on February 01, 2017 By Janie Kliever
Virtual Office, Manging Remote, Remote Teams

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It’s been said that communication is the “oxygen of a distributed company.” And that’s a good analogy, because remote teams must have good communication strategies to survive and thrive.

Just think about all the ways that office-based teams interact with each other: there’s traditional meetings, brainstorming around a whiteboard, popping into someone’s office to ask a quick question, hashing out a tricky problem one-on-one over lunch, catching up in the break room, and many other small ways co-workers bond and interact with each other.

The question is, how do you create opportunities for all these types of communication when your team might be spread across multiple cities, if not countries?

Contract Work Is Becoming the New Normal in Tech

Published on January 31, 2017 By Janie Kliever
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The contingent workforce, the gig economy, contractors, freelancers—whatever your preferred term for this category of workers, there’s no doubt that they’re on the rise, particularly in hiring for tech jobs. And businesses are starting to realize how these types of non-traditional hires can offer a lot of value.

Traditionally, there’s been a stigma around independent workers, that they can’t get a full-time position or don’t have the skills to make it in the job market. And many companies still view the contingent workforce as a way to make some quick hires and save money, with the potential tradeoff being lower-skill workers or a lower level of work quality.

However, recent research reveals that this perspective is shifting, particularly in the tech industry: companies are seeking out contingent talent to gain specialized skills and flexibility over and above cutting costs. And it’s not just the motivation that’s changing, but the prevalence. In 2016, one in 10 CIOs at smaller...

What We Learned in 2016 about Hiring, Management & Remote Work

Published on January 26, 2017 By Janie Kliever
Transparency, Manging Remote, Remote Teams, Remote Staffing

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It’s tough out there in the corporate jungle. And often a company’s survival depends on the strength of its people. That puts a lot of pressure on business leaders to make the right staffing decisions—finding qualified talent, developing strategies to keep productivity up, making sure their teams have the right competencies to stay relevant and competitive in their industry.

But competition for the best people is fierce, and economic, technological, and political changes are constantly shifting the business landscape. The results of the 2016 Harvey Nash/KPMG CIO Survey highlight the reality of this struggle: 65 percent of CIOs worldwide think a lack of talent will prevent their organization from keeping up with the pace of change.

As Bill Gates has said, “The competition to hire the best will increase in the years ahead. Companies that give extra flexibility to their employees will have the edge in this area.”

How to find that edge—and how...

New Study: Lack of Tech Talent Hurting Businesses

Published on January 25, 2017 By Janie Kliever
Remote Teams, Remote Staffing

Is there or isn’t there a tech talent shortage? There’s plenty of debate on the subject (here’s just a sampling, with Fortune arguing for and TechCrunch arguing against).

Some might describe it as not so much a talent shortage as an overblown side effect of the the tech industry’s barriers to entry and self-imposed recruiting parameters. Others might point out the tech skills gap and cite research like the 2016 Harvey Nash/KPMG CIO Survey, which found that 65 percent of CIOs think a lack of talent will prevent their organization from keeping up with the pace of change.

We wrote about the questions surrounding the tech talent shortage ourselves here at Crossover and suggested how employers in the tech industry might avoid the problem altogether by looking at hiring from a more global perspective.

But wherever you land on the issue, it’s clear that companies are feeling the effects of not being able to source the tech talent they need, and a recent study from Indeed released in...

Remote Work Is the Future: 9 Ways to Know Your Company Is Ready

Published on December 14, 2016 By Janie Kliever
Virtual Office, Remote Teams, Remote Staffing

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What does the workplace of the future look like? It will very likely look like your living room, or the coffee shop around the corner, or that new co-working space downtown. That is to say, the way we work is becoming less office- or location-based and more flexible.

Agile Working: A Better Flexible Work Model for Employers and Workers

Published on November 28, 2016 By Janie Kliever
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Agility: it’s more than just another term to add to your list of favorite (or most hated) business buzzwords.

It’s also different than specific methodologies like agile project management or agile software development. What are we talking about? Agile working, a phrase used to describe a type of flexible work that benefits both workers and employers.

Why You Should Be Hiring Teams Rather Than Individuals

Published on November 22, 2016 By Janie Kliever
Remote Teams, Remote Staffing

Forget the “unicorn”—hiring a superstar or two won’t magically make your business goals materialize. In fact, that’s the problem with traditional hiring practices: they’re overly focused on individuals.

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...

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?

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