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Why you should become a Remote-First business

Since a lot of countries have a soft or hard lock down right now, because of the Coronavirus, we’re all asked to work from home. This has resulted in the biggest remote working exercise in history.

SHORE teams helps its clients to find, select and build remote development teams and therefore has deeply knowledge and insights in how this can work best for your business as well. In this article we’d like to give you guidance how to manage your remote workforce, so your business can keep going.

1.) Become remote-first
As the shift from mobile-friendly design to mobile-first design, we need to think of becoming remote-first. This most probably needs a transformation in your business model, in which your remote development team will be aligned with your in-house team. Processes need to be build up from the ground, with the assumption that some people will work remote, some won’t.

Whenever a situation like the current crisis will ever occur again, the remote team can take over critical business activities. Or at least the entire team is used to work in this new set up.


2. Boost your productivity
When you’re a remote-first company, you’ll be better prepared for tough times, and are comfortable with little face-to-face time. Employees can better schedule their work, which will lead to higher productivity. A virus like COVID-19 will, in such a case, not affect your business output.

In these periods the development team(s) can shrink the backlog or create new features, which they wouldn’t be able to in regular periods.

3. Have lower development costs
During this crisis companies will be forced to re-evaluate their operations and determine if certain costs are still acceptable. Working remote can help in this process, since you can focus on the best cost-value ratio now:

– you can benefit from lower cost talent, since you’re not restricted to local talent anymore. You’re less dependent of local governments and market situations. Besides the lower operational costs, the recruitment costs will decrease significantly as well.
– you can have a better prediction of costs, based on the real output of the team.


4. Focus on your core business
During a crisis, you need to have all hands on deck. And need to focus on your core business. Your remote team can take care of the daily operations. It would bring needless risks to your business, if you’d work on non-essential tasks during such a crisis.

The remote development partner will take care of all IT equipment, administrative arrangements, such as payroll, travel arrangements and managing leave. This allows you to focus on your core business, such as making your business COVID-19 ready.

‘‘ A bend in the road is not the end of the road, unless you fail to make the turn ’’

5. Be more flexible
Ofcourse we don’t know yet what will be the post-crisis situation. Most probably businesses need to reconfigure their model, set up of their teams, the technologies and talent pool. It makes sense businesses will take a crisis like the current one into account when making plans for the future.

Working with a remote team will give your business more flexibility and will give you the opportunity to scale up more easily.

SHORE teams has assisted to set up remote development teams for dozens of businesses. And can therefore advise you how the ideal process and set up would be in your situation. The war for talent is still happening in the Western markets, so don’t hesitate to involve us when you need an extended team. We can rely on the resources of our +- 100 outstanding development partners world wide.

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