Why You Should Build A Remote Team And How To Do It

Posted on 5th March 2018

Sometimes the best talent isn’t located in your doorstep and sometimes the competition for talent in major cities is fierce.

With this in mind more and more businesses are starting to create remote teams.

Trello, Github, Buffer, Toptal and more business have adopted this newer way of working. We have also built our business using a remote team too.

As well as allowing startups to have access to a broader talent pool, it also has the secondary benefit of reducing your overhead costs (every little helps right?).

Like anything, there are pros and cons to building your startup with remote teams:

Pros:

  • 90% of tech professionals are more likely to accept a role where remote work is an option
  • Employees will see an increase in productivity, happiness and health
  • You can hire a diverse team across any location
  • Work life balance
  • Reduced costs for employee and employer for salaries or travel etc

Cons:

  • Extra efforts to be made on communication
  • Effecting change is not as easy
  • Some people find it lonely

As you can see, the pros outweigh the cons but any decision to build a remote team should be considered seriously.
When building a remote team we (alongside the likes of Zapier) have found the following attributes are vital:

Hire Doers: You want people who will just get things done. Look for someone who is pro-active, thinks outside the box and has high energy levels.

Hire people you can trust: Trust isn’t just vital in a remote team of course, however, the effects of lack of trust is heightened in a remote team.

Teams rely on one another so you need to hire people who will be honest and motivated. To build trust in an online team you need to ensure that the people you do hire are disciplined, organised and driven.

Hire a good communicator: It’s vital you hire someone who can communicate across all mediums but especially writing as this will be the main form of communication.
Without clear communication from both employee and employer it’s easy to miss deadlines, misunderstand current projects and underestimate challenges.

At Scede.io, we constantly communicate through Slack for short interactions, have daily/weekly video standups per project and hold quarterly meetings where the whole business gets together to share what they are working on with the rest of the business.

Hire independent people: Remote work can get lonely, it’s important to hire someone who is comfortable in their own company.
When building your team it is important to remember that a certain type of person will suit remote working. It is important to ensure that you set clear expectations of the above criteria before offering a candidate a role within your business.

With more and more businesses going completely remote it’s now time you start adapt and put elements in place so your startup can keep up.
If you’d like to learn more about remote teams we recommend you read Remote by 37Signals (the guys behind basecamp!).

We work with high growth gaming studios to ensure they hire the best staff for their companies and their environments. We work with you, on site, as part of your team. We’ve helped to build teams for Supercell, Klarna, Farmdrop and more. If you’d like help building your team, get in touch here .

 

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