Among the comet community, there are two schools of thought concerning workplace. Some prefer to join a team on-site while others choose to work remotely. The latter has become a major trend in tech. Remote work is even cited as a top reason for developers to start working as freelancers.
From home or in a coworking space, day or night, what matters is autonomy. About 43% of employed people in the US work remotely at least some of the time, according to a Gallup poll released in February. However, the phenomenon remains marginal in France as it is quite misunderstood by employers.
And you, are you familiar with remote work?
Here are the 5 reasons to work with remote developers:
1. Access a bigger talent pool previously unreachable
From start-ups to big corporations, any company needs to hire the best tech and data experts to grow and innovate. But how can they do when they lack the specific skill set internally or nearby? Accessing a big talent pool of experts specialized in forefront technologies (programming language, AI, big data) without focusing on the location is a game-changer. Today, hiring a full-time engineer or developer to join your team in your offices turns out to be costly, limited and time-consuming. Besides these profiles are very sought-after and now prefer to work as freelancers — especially to work remotely. By canceling geographic frontiers, big companies are more likely to find the ideal expert for their projects.
2. Focus on performance, not supervision
Have you ever thought that you were more productive at some time of the day? Remote freelancers have understood this better than anyone else. Some start the day very early, others take a one-hour break in the afternoon to exercise, while some others prefer to work at night. After all, there are a thousand and one ways to work and each one should apply the method that suits them best. This attitude is a very long way from the employee stuck in his 9-to-5 business hours, neglecting his fatigue and personal fulfillment — both vectors of productivity. Remote developers are neither lazy nor capricious: on the contrary, they are masters at optimizing their planning. Accepting remote work within a company means to move from a monitoring system to a results-based management.
3. Prefer agility over distractions
Despite the good mood of your colleagues, open spaces are not the best place to work for everyone. Even though companies have been putting a lot of efforts to create great work atmospheres, it does not mean it is enough. When working remotely, a developer makes sure that he won’t be interrupted between two lines of code. Contrary to common belief, a freelancer is less exposed to distraction from home than in the office. As much as he masters time management, the remote freelancer knows where to work to optimize his productivity. In their best-selling book Remote, the visionary founders of Basecamp put the emphasis on the necessary duality of any activity to its proper functioning. On the one hand, team members should meet to reflect and create together, while on the other hand, they also need to isolate in order to execute fast. Remote tech freelancers are also fond of agile methods along with collaborative tools, which means that they are great at both effective communication and fast execution.
4. Build a relationship based on mutual trust… and savings
With a daily rate of €400 to €900, the revenue of a tech freelancer is way above the average wage. However, there is no furniture, devices or even a space in the office to provide since a remote worker bears its own cost. It is a fantastic source of savings for a company! Plus, a developer working from Toulouse won’t have the same financial expectations as if he has had to relocate to Paris as the living cost is more affordable. Moreover, accepting to work remotely with a developer will be very appreciated given that it won’t deeply change his habits (transports, relocation, comfort, etc). In return, the latter is more likely to make an effort on his pricing, resulting in a win-win situation.
5. Create a test-and-learn culture within your company
The first reason for an employer not to accept remote working is doubt of its efficiency. And yet, there is so much to be learned from telecommuting in terms of agility and project management. Collaborating with freelancers can be a first step for a company to experience remote work before considering to implement it for employees. It is truly a laboratory for managerial innovation, resulting in happier and then high-performing employees.
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