What’s your company’s remote work setup? Have you transitioned to a full or partially remote workforce? Are you considering offshoring some of your talent and wondering how you will manage an internationally remote team?
Managing remote teams presents unique challenges compared to managing teams onsite. A report from the Society for Human Resource Management found that 70% of employers found it difficult after the lockdown to adapt to remote work as a way of doing business. And many are still struggling with those challenges today.
For 11 years, CoDev has been helping companies extend their software teams with international remote talent. We’ve learned how to approach common challenges with remote teams. And for our customers, we have systems in place that make sure your remote devs are successful and well managed.
Common Challenges, CoDev Solutions
Whether you offshore IT roles or manage an onshore remote team, you’re bound to face challenges. With CoDev however, it’s easy to overcome them:
- Lack of face-to-face supervision – Remote work setups often raise a lot of questions from managers. Like, “how will I ensure that my remote team is accomplishing what they need to do?” and “how will I know what my team needs when I’m not there with them?” When teams are in a separate location from their managers, tracking their productivity becomes a challenge. At the same time, employees may feel a lack of support and communication from their managers.
CoDev’s Solution: With CoDev, your remote employees are supervised by our in-country management team. Whether they work in one of our 5 Philippine office locations or in their home, their supervisor maintains daily contact with them. If an employee is off task, has needs, or requires correction – CoDev is there to guide the process for you.
- Scheduling difficulties – When you hire an offshore development team, scheduling meetings and discussions may become a problem especially if your offshore team is located in a different time zone.
CoDev’s Solution: We set up our teams to work in different shifts that coincide with our customers’ time zones and work schedule. You’ll always be in sync with your offshore CoDev team and won’t have to deal with communication delays.
- Low morale and lack of company culture – One of the most striking effects of shifting to a remote work arrangement is social isolation. Employees often feel distant and isolated from their colleagues and management, which can cause them to be unproductive and even leave their company. Without constant, in-person interaction employees can also feel the lack of a healthy company culture.
CoDev’s Solution: Happy employees mean stable team members for your business. We make sure to keep our employees’ spirits up through regular one-on-ones with their supervisors, a virtual open-door policy, and a number of fun and exciting virtual team events.
- Difficulty building trust – Trust can be difficult to build in a remote work arrangement. Managers will worry that employees aren’t completing their work, while employees worry about a myriad of things: getting paid, getting the benefits and support that they need, among other things.
CoDev’s Solution: For over a decade we’ve developed a process and reputation that customers and employees alike have come to trust. Customers can be assured that our employees are well screened, and will deliver what is expected of them. Likewise, employees are assured of premium pay and benefits, and the support of their CoDev colleagues.
Whatever else you may face when managing your remote team, as long as you’re partnered with CoDev, you’ve got nothing to worry about. Learn more by getting in touch with us today.