Useful tips for clients to effectively collaborate with remote workers

Alex Castle

13 February 2018

Useful tips for clients to effectively collaborate with remote workers

What is the correct way to devise a new solution or to refine an existing one? The answer is plain and simple - “correct probing”. The scale of your business (Startup or MNC) doesn’t matter while zeroing out whether your project require a remote agency or just a standalone freelancer.  Ask yourself following questions to determine what will be a better fit for your needs:

  • How big is the project?

  • What is the longevity (short-term or long-term)?

  • Is it simple or complex?

  • Does it require freelancers with multi specialty or just core expertise?

  • How many resources will be required?

  • What (realistic) deadlines need to be set?

  • Will it require additional work in the future?

After working on the nitty-gritties and outlining “Scope of the Project”. The next major step is to find the right talent for it.

Either, you can go the traditional route - Post a job on job boards (but you will have to wait for the right talent to find you). Instead it should be the other way around. Plus the hiring process will be painstaking slow and lengthy.

Or, you can simply utilize on-demand talent platforms like HireCoder to access a wide selection of remote coders.  Imperatively, it’s a risk free approach, as the coders go through intense screening and on-boarding process. So, you can be rest assured of the talent you have access to on such reputed platform. From the plethora of options available and before being dead sure about the platform you will be engaging with, you need ask yourself the following questions,

  • Will the platform be a cost effective yet a risk free solution?

  • What sort of credibility does the platform hold in the market?

  • Are you really getting top notch talent in every sense (technical, behavioral and cultural fit)?

  • Does the platform guarantee on the stature of work of the available resource(s)?

  • Upto what extent the platform can be customized (to make it user friendly) to your needs?

  • Is the resource flexible enough to be aligned with your work style?

  • Does the platform allow tracking of project deliverables in every stage?

Typically, it takes approximately 6 to 8 weeks to hire a freelancer through an agency. However, with an online platform it could be 2-4 days on an average. Despite of all the options available today, there are very few that gives instant access to the “right fit for your project”. HireCoder is one of such kind. One of its USP is that you can instantly video chat and hire a remote coder the very same day.

It could drastically lower down your cost-to-hire as compared to direct hiring. Additionally while cutting your time-to-delivery you won’t be compromising with quality either.  The best part is to have a resource on terms that suit your needs.

Since ages, many firms have been using temporary staffing agencies to find and hire temporary workers for short-term assignments. Temporary workers were initially used to cover for in-house employees when on leave. There has been a definite shift in the approach. HR Personnel or Talent Acquisition Department for that matter now indulges in finding out ways to explore the right talent. It is loud and clear that they are not shying away to experiment. Huge talent pool in the form of freelance workforce is readily available over the internet today.

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If Upwork’s research study is to be believed, the freelance economy will take the world by storm. More than 57 million workers - about 36% of the US workforce - freelances. According to the current workforce growth rates found in Freelancing in America 2017, the majority of the US workforce will freelance by 2027.

A thorough research and careful comparison will enable you to synchronize the offerings of online platform with your human resource strategy. This will help in the long run for sure. Be it for on-going basis or just one time experiment. You need to also check the level of customization/ “the amount of access” the platform has to offer to your respective team.

Once you establish the right solution or rather platform that meets your needs. What next? Do you possess the know how to effectively collaborate with the remote team? Well, here are simple hacks that might come handy:

  • Ramping Up: The initial ramp up is very crucial for any project. You need to equip the resource with enough collateral to lay down a clear roadmap for the entire project. Readily available training material or support to members to use platform sourcing and make it work for their teams.

  • Responsiveness: In this era, teams are beyond geographical boundaries. So it becomes imperative to ensure that the available resources are not restricted to working in just one timezone. And once they are onboarded they are on their toes to be responsive.

  • Best Practices: No project can be ever successful if the resource doesn’t stick to best practices. The methodology already in place with you should be a holy grail to the remote resource.  This makes their transition into working with you easier, and ensures high-quality and consistent results.

  • Accountability: The platform should be well equipped with analytics to keep track of the project deliverables. This will not only streamline your set milestone but will also inculcate accountability in your remote team.

The above list will evolve in due course. Also it will differ from client to client. If you are in the process of building a remote team, then, you can consider connecting with Top 1% worldclass remote coders here.

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