Hiring Remote Developers – A Move to Flexibility, Equality, and Efficiency
“We’ll move to a hybrid work week where most Googlers spend approximately three days in the office and two days wherever they work best. Since in-office time will be focused on collaboration, your product areas and functions will help decide which days teams will come together in the office. There will also be roles that may need to be on site more than three days a week due to the nature of the work.”, wrote Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google and Alphabet. Gaper has strived to incorporate this very approach in its aim to help other businesses hire remote software developers efficiently.
Why is it that multinational technology giants are embracing remote work while comparably smaller businesses are struggling to accept the idea of hybrid work?
Evaluate Your Business Needs
There may be a few positions in your company that necessitate on-site work. Or there may be goals and projects that can only be worked towards if the entire team is gathered. However, there are also numerous jobs that do not warrant people coming into an office everyday. Software teams for example operate very efficiently on a remote basis if appropriate tools and good communication is part of everyday work. Businesses need to conduct a thorough overview of the work positions they have and how more flexibility can be afforded to everyone in an effective manner.
Diversity and Equality in STEM
Unfortunately, despite continuous efforts to create an equitable playing field for everyone, STEM fields still see a distinct gender imbalance. “In computer occupations…(computer scientists, systems analysts, software developers, information systems managers and programmers) – the STEM job cluster that has seen the most growth in recent decades – women’s representation has actually decreased from 32% in 1990 to 25% today”, accoridng the the Pew Research Center.
The sociological issues surrounding this are numerous. From the point of view of a business model though, we hypothesize that remote work will help mitigate some discriminating aspects of office culture by making it easier to hold individuals accountable, bringing uniformity to the work platform, and allowing professionals to have a better work-life balance. Remote work eliminates the in-person aspect of social interactions and ensures that all kinds of communication happen on an equal level.
Why Startups Should Consider Hiring Remote Developers
More than other businesses, startups have found themselves in a very new but challenging environment thanks to the pandemic. It follows that these new entrants should also aim to incorporate models and processes that allow them to navigate through these uncertain times, rather than resort to textbook business models that worked in pre-pandemic times.
Hiring engineers and developers on one’s own gets time consuming and expensive very fast. How can you tell someone is competent? You may not have the funds to hire another expert to do this assessment for you. How do you ensure your developer team is communication and collaborating well? Where exactly do you start hiring remote developers – the internet gets very daunting when such a task needs to be done.
The idea behind Gaper’s business model is to address these dilemmas that startups and small businesses are facing increasingly often now. In hiring our own teams of engineers, vetting them and assigning them to work with clients that require their exact skillset, the company also takes care of compliance and coordination issues.
If anything, such services have been a game changer for a lot of businesses who were seeking alternative to freelancing sites and cheap outsourcing solutions as a means to hire technical staff.
At a time where new business-to-business collaborations are being normalized, it makes little sense to rigidly stick to old practices – both in business and social settings. It is hoped that these endeavors will lead to efficient business practices, a healthy work-life balance for every working individual, and a more equitable field for all those part of the business community.