How Remote Teams are More Robust

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Remote teams are more robust. By their very nature, they are a built-in fail-safe against problems that would bring a regular group to a standstill. Here are some issues that can be prevented if your teams go remote.

There are many benefits to employing a remote team. We’ve been over a lot of the advantages of hiring remote in past posts, things like How distributed teams are more productive, how working from home makes staff happier and healthier, how you’re opening yourself up to find the best global talent, and how that gives you the opportunity to hire some really remarkable people.

Now, we know we’re biased. We spend our days talking to Rockstar developers from all around the world. We see the sort of talent that’s out there, and we love nothing more than finding you the person who will make the difference for your project.

But hiring remote teams isn’t just about the people, even we’ll admit that. Hiring remotely helps your company meeting its targets for carbon footprint reduction. It also saves you money; you’ll need less square footage of office space and less equipment to go on them.

And if all that wasn’t enough, remote teams are more robust. By their very nature, they are a built-in fail-safe against problems that would bring a regular group to a standstill. Issues like these:

1. Network Failures

Have you ever lost a day or more to a company-wide network outage? Frustrating, isn’t it. Maybe it’s a hardware failure, or perhaps someone took the bait on a phishing attempt, and your Tech Support guys are all running around trying to disable ransomware. Whatever the scenario, if all of your staff are working from the same servers, and using the same hardline to the net, that’s a weakness.

A distributed team gives you built-in redundancy. Rather than having all your connectivity eggs in one basket, they’re spread out. You won’t be seeing a room full of staff all waiting for the network to let them log in, because even if your distributed team can’t get onto the company network, they can still get on with work on local copies, or access cloud-based servers and development tools.

This isn’t just an advantage to your team; it’s something that prospective clients will love to hear. Make it a virtue – customers will be reassured to know that very little will stop your team from delivering to the deadline.

2. Local Events

Back in 2014, it was reported that traffic congestion robbed the economy to the tune of $124 billion; a cost that is expected to double by 2030. If your company is at a location that is prone to gridlock, then you’ll be used to finding desks empty, and not knowing when your superstars are going to make it through the door. And let’s not forget the mood they’re likely to be in when they do finally arrive!

For your average digital nomad, having to pass someone on the stairs rarely causes a significant problem regarding getting to work. Starting early and finishing late (because they don’t have the commute) is one of the reasons why remote employees work more hours.

And, of course, it’s not just traffic that can cause a problem. Extreme weather conditions can mean staff can’t get into the office, whether it’s heavy snowfall, driving rain, or the sort of heat that air-conditioning can’t handle. Working from home keeps your people safe, comfortable and productive no matter what the weather is like.

3. Plague

Alright, plague might be exaggerating a little bit. We’re not talking about the start of the zompocalypse (at least not yet). But when all the members of your team are in the same office, opportunistic bugs can cause havoc, and as we know air conditioning causes illness all by itself.

Telecommuters are more likely to work even when they’re sick; it’s a lot easier to make it to the sofa to log in than to climb in the car and commute. But the great news is that because they’re at home, they will keep their microbes to themselves! One sick developer won’t infect the rest and bring your project to a grinding halt.

How Remote Teams are More Robust
Your remote team has greater chances of keeping at work when the zombie apocalypse strikes!

4. Perspective

Now that we’ve talked about how remote teams are more likely to be able to finish the job, it’s time to discuss why remote teams are just generally better. The first of those is that distributed teams tend to be more diverse.

Although the men are catching up, women are still more likely to be working from home. If yours is one of the many organizations that need to work on their female representation, then looking to hire remotely is a great opportunity. Flexible working helps to attract and retain great talent.

And if you hire from around the world, you will be hiring people from different cultures and religions who will all bring their perspective to your work. This is important because study after study has shown that diversity improves performance.

5. 24 Hour Party People

Lastly, hiring remotely gives you greater flexibility in terms of how you use your resources. Why? Because if you hire staff working in different time zones, you can get 24 hours of development coverage. How you use that time is up to you; you can, of course, have different staff working on different projects. But when those deadlines are getting close, rather than signing off a load of overtime, why not just make your remote teamwork in “relay”?

5pm in London is Noon in Chicago; so, when Charles finishes his work, he can hand over to Al who is fresh from lunch-break. 5pm for Al? That’s 9am for Bruce in Adelaide – and when he’s finished for the day, Charles is just drinking his first cup of tea of the day. If that team uses the great communication skills that we know underpin successful remote working, there’s no reason this scenario shouldn’t help you meet your goals.

6. Teamwork

There’s no doubt that remote working is on the rise, and with benefits like these, you can see why. Technology has made the world a lot smaller than it used to be, and it pays to take advantage of that and hire the best, no matter where they are.

And if you need some help with that? Well, we happen to be pretty good at matching the very best developers with the companies that need them. If you’d like us to do the same for you, get in touch today.

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Sarah Dixon

Sarah Dixon

Sarah Dixon is a remote work advocate and thought leader and a specialist in persuasive writing. She has an MA in Creative Fiction, is a children's author, and a writer of award-winning short stories.