Imagine you have a business startup that needs the services of skilled workers. The only problem is that such personnel are not available in your locality. So what do you do? Give in and assume that you have failed in your venture? Not at all. The concept of remote working has literally revolutionized the business environment. Remote teams and workers are able to work from virtually any location in the world.
There are many benefits of working with a remote team. The founder and director of Boon Tech , Rajesh Pavithran agrees completely. He says, “It’s empowering, flattening and allows us to remain nimble as we grow.” He says that their team is spread out all over the world, having the capacity to leverage on the best talent for the most affordable price.
In your endeavor to put together the best remote team, you may have succeeded in identifying a number of skilled workers. Those on your list are the very best, talented, skilled and disciplined as well. So, how do you then select between them? What do you look for that can set them apart from the rest?
Here are the top four characteristics to look for.
#1: Hire people who are better than you at what they do
You want your company to succeed with remote workers? Hire people whose skills and expertise exceed even your own in the particular field they are required to work in.
You need to go for those people who may make you look stupid (not intentionally, of course0 but because they are simply super good at what they do. This is according to Entrepreneur Tyagarajan Sundaresan who founded Flipkart and Amazon businesses. And though it might prove to be a bit challenging to achieve this striving to incorporate this culture in your business is a sure way of creating a great remote team.
Hiring only the best of the best will guarantee that mistakes are avoided. And even on the rare occurrence when mistakes are made, they can be quickly be rectified so that the work proceeds as planned. Leo Polovets, an engineer with LinkedIn agrees. He says that it makes work easier and enhances effectiveness when the team members know that each one is extremely at what they do.
#2: Collaboration is key for remote workers
Because remote team members work from different locations, it’s normal for them to feel that the team is fragmented. Rather than meeting and hanging out in one place, team members only communicate via emails and chats that are focused on the task they are involved in.
This is why communication plays a very crucial role as far as remote teams are concerned. The member needs to realize that they need the other team member. They must, therefore, be willing to connect and collaborate with them so that the tasks are carried out efficiently.
If the team members are to collaborate well, they will be able to maintain resilience and support for each other even during those moments when the going becomes difficult. For instance, James Liu, a web developer at Cogent Systems and his team were able to execute a propjet that seemed almost impossible at the time: they successfully built, installed and operationalized a National Voter identification System for Venezuela in only six weeks. He realized that this was only made possible by all the team members working together on the project.
#3: They treat the project’s success as their own.
A strong attitude and desire to share in our success is more important to us than experience and aptitude.
It's commonplace that experts in various fields usually opt to work with startups rather than with the already established firms. This is explained by the fact that they desire to play a role and be part of the company’s dream, something bigger than themselves. They, therefore, identify with the values, mission and vision and values of the company and are prepared to do their best to make it a reality. They are not just doing it because they love it, they also love why it is being done in the first place.
Such a team member who takes the success or failure of the business personally will, therefore, put in their best. They are the type who won’t leave a problem half solved, and will usually sacrifice their time and comfort to carry out a task that is important to the business.
#4: Capacity and willingness to communicate well
Most remote workers are self-driven people who have the capacity to work independently. But even with the best personnel on board, things can easily go haywire when everyone is so focused on their own tasks. This is because communication deteriorates quickly and issues end up not being solved. Effective communication not only ensures that such problems are dealt with quickly but also enhances and strengthens the company’s culture.
Your company can miss out on the numerous advantages of collaboration when communication is not handled well. These benefits include enhanced efficiency of operation, development of new ideas and innovation. A team that is well coordinated through effective communication can accomplish a lot because the pace of task accomplishment can easily be accelerated and output increased.
Additionally, communication enables the company to foster accountability. And when members are accountable to each other, trust is built and the work produced is quality. It is, therefore, possible to increase the commitment of the workers to the company if you encourage the building of trust between them and their peers.
Talent can’t always be bought
Being able to find the right team for your needs may be difficult at times. But the growth and success of your startup depend on it. Moreover, making a mistake at this juncture can end up costing you dearly. It's critical, therefore, that you make informed decisions in this respect.
You need to have it at the back of your mind that higher payment rates won’t buy you the best talent. The people you get to work for you should be motivated by your company’s values and not merely what they are paid. The right people can often attract money, but money by itself can never attract the right people. Money is a commodity; talent is not.