The world has advanced in many ways over the past few years in shaping how we work and collaborate. A mere 30 years ago, the average company would have never considered hiring an employee remotely that they would never see in person. With the ongoing technology evolutions and talent shortage, many companies around the globe are harnessing a remote work strategy to ensure better productivity, employee, and employer satisfaction.
Disruptions are inevitable, and companies that are unprepared to handle them would lose business opportunities and put their team at risk. Many companies are learning from the ongoing scenarios and leveraging remote work strategies to gain a competitive advantage over peers. Considerably, virtual teams have become a hiring strategy for many startups, small, mid-size companies, and even for established firms.
Disasters could happen across the globe or within your geography. Adopting a remote work strategy with the right set of remote team management tools will result in business continuity so that you and your team can deliver the best results together.
“A mere 30 years ago, the average company would have never considered hiring an employee remotely that they would never see in person.”
– Sam Velu, eTeki Director of Key Accounts
What’s driving the businesses to embrace remote work strategy?
Despite the disasters and unforeseen outbreaks, such as the Coronavirus pandemic, there are various factors driving the businesses in establishing a distributed workforce. Let’s have a look at the few reasons below:
- Talent shortage due to dynamic changes in technology trends
- Cost of hiring resources
- Lack of project-specific skills in teams
- Millennial and Gen Z impact on the current workforce
- Scaling your business to other parts of the world
How Amzur is navigating the Covid-19 outbreak:
Since the lockdown was announced, we moved our company to a fully remote team in the wake of the Covid-19 impact. Now, 98% of our employees are working remotely, and others work from home a few days a week. Our hybrid remote working model ensures seamless business continuity and foster client relations.
Amzur has been working remotely with distributed teams for over 12 years. We leverage modern remote workforce management tools to tear down physical distance among employees.
- Start from the top — we are always available online to interact with employees, stakeholders, and clients. We proactively engage with employees to understand their concerns and solve any challenges during remote work. We made video conferencing as a norm to feel we are connected in person and working under the same roof.
- We value both the professional and personal sides of our employees. Instead of just talking about goals set and deliverables, we go the extra mile and personalize our conversation with empathy. So that they won’t feel disruptive during work from home.
- We believe in encouraging, praising, and high-fiving people across the company will give a positive impression on employee engagement and satisfaction. Our HR people are always intact with teams through various engagement activities. We set our goals prior and avoid micromanagement.
- During times like this, we redefine our goals, mission, and values to make everyone understand the impact and act accordingly. We always speak up and remain authentic across all channels to ensure problems and challenges will be addressed correctly to foster relations among employees and teams.
- Compared to an office-based culture, remote working disrupts the way we communicate and collaborate instantly. At Amzur, we are pragmatic and promote digital culture to ensure we can handle any uncertainties with the right technology tools in place. We leverage modern video conferencing tools to interact and interview candidates and use cloud solutions like hangouts and Google drive to share common data across teams.
- Efficiency in project management: Even our operations teams, such as the marketing team, stay informed and work on the same page through an integrated ticketing and project management platform. Their ticketing system for website, domain and digital marketing operations are tracked on real time to move all deliverables on time efficiently and accurately.
Remote work strategy for small and mid-size (SME) businesses:
The advancements in technology have changed the face of startups and small to medium enterprises (SME) significantly in recent times. Despite the budgets and talent shortage, most of the SMEs are implementing a remote work strategy to attract top-tier talent anywhere in the world.
Over 70% of the companies offer flexible work culture — and a few are revamping their policies to ensure work-life balance and improve productivity. By incorporating the remote workforce, most of the SMEs report they are investing in technology — that couldn’t be done earlier due to significant office expenses.
The business owners are worried about a few challenges like miscommunication, effective decision making, and data breaches. By deploying the right set of technology tools and best practices, you can address these challenges seamlessly.
(image from 1990 computers, image from someone working from home now)
Build a remote working team: Is it the right choice and time for you?
The Covid-19 outbreak has taught many lessons for business owners around the globe. It disrupted the way of handling internal teams, collaborating with clients, and scaling businesses further.
Building a remote team within a geographical location can be challenging, and building it in the offshore location can be even more complex. If you own a startup or SME, adopting a distributed workforce is the need of the hour.
You want to build a team for your startup fast:
You don’t hire a team overnight, not even over a week. Especially when you face challenges with the limited talent pool, hiring resources can be challenging and time-consuming. If this is the case with your startup, having a virtual team could help you in achieving business goals. You can have access to top talent outside of your geography and can start working faster than a traditional in-house team. We provide a complimentary consultation so contact us for your staffing needs.
You have a specific project or product that should be completed fast:
Though you have an internal team with all expertise, sometimes it’s hard to find and hire resources with few specific skills. This, in turn, will impact your project deliverables and even put your team under pressure. When all the team members are busy with your main project, a remote team or virtual team will develop a specific product or module for you without the need for full time hiring. You can continue or break the contract post-development.
You have a limited budget and, you want the best quality:
Budget is the main concern for many startups and SMEs. Hiring resources within the geography and budget are quite challenging. Therefore, having a remote work strategy will unlock numerous choices for businesses to choose from a large pool of talent. It will significantly reduce hiring costs, time, and start your project as quickly as possible. On the other hand, distributed teams ensure you have the best talent in place and meet your requirements.
Expand your business opportunities with distributed teams:
Remote work management has become quintessential to combat with the current ongoing downtime and unexpected future disruptions. So, working with a trusted and experienced offshore remote team service provider will flourish work culture and meet business goals.
At Amzur, we have over 15 years of experience in building remote teams and delivering the best results. We customize our approach to build a virtual workforce by leveraging modern remote team management tools and practices. We blend our experience and expertise in managing remote teams and ensure you made the right choice.