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Claire Snook

How to Scale a Remote Team

Jan 6, 2021 1:57:27 PM hiring remotely

It’s much easier to scale a remote team than an in-office team. It’s also much more cost effective for a growing business. There are plenty of benefits to remote hiring your team, from opening up your talent pool from local to a global, flexible working locations and cheaper overheads. In fact, there are many more benefits to opening up your team to remote working, and increased productivity is the big one.

There are challenges that come with remote teams and the people managing these teams including ensuring productivity and motivation. They can be overcome with planning and due diligence, and make your team stronger than ever. 

Best hiring practices

Ensure your managers and company are set up for remote hiring and attracting talent from around the world. Job descriptions need to be detailed and the interview process should be rigorous. Applicants should prove their skills and knowledge so that your projects are in safe hands. This can take time from the team so having a stringent recruitment process in place is critical. This will help filter the applicants so the strongest candidates will be considered. 

Streamline your remote hiring practices through using a platform like Nixa.io where candidates are pre-vetted and qualified. Their skills and knowledge have been tested successfully so you can go straight to final interview. 

After recruiting tech talent, make sure your onboarding process is thorough and provides all the information they need to do their jobs from day one. It’s part of best hiring practices to ensure your new employees know what they need to do. Set out expectations and company culture from the off. 

 

Hiring the right people

Remote working isn’t for everyone. It takes a certain type of individual to be the best remote worker. Consider how to identify these traits when recruiting tech talent. 

  • Organized - this is absolutely essential for any remote worker. They need to be able to organize themselves and their workload. 
  • Communicative - people who can tell you what they need, raise issues and get on with the work effectively are a joy. If an employee can’t express themselves over remote tools then they and the team will suffer. A lot of work will be collaborative and so the team needs to be able to communicate well.
  • Open - people who like to try new things will embrace remote working and thrive. 
  • Introverts - they tend to be better at working alone and can adapt better to a virtual environment as there are less face-to-face interactions.
  • Decision-makers - people who like to make quick decisions will fare better as a remote worker rather than individuals who prefer long conversations. 


Processes are key to scaling up a remote team

When the team knows what their daily, weekly, monthly and even quarterly tasks are, then they’re much more likely to thrive. Managers should plan out workloads and then plug into project management tools such as Trello, Asana and Monday. Encourage regular updates so that you can monitor progress. 

Ensure the communication tools are in place, using Slack and Microsoft teams to facilitate conversations and discussions. Is your email provider up-to-scratch? What video platform works best for you? Decide how you will share files and access projects, and ensure your files are safely stored. Don’t forget online protection for sensitive company data. 

 

Building trust

This is one of the most important things you can do when it comes to scaling and managing your remote team. It will create motivation and therefore increase productivity in your team. Installing a strong sense of company culture in the team will ensure employees feel part of the company and valued. Plan an online office environment to replicate some of the key things lost from in-office working. This can include daily stand-ups, coffee breaks, and weekly check-ins so that your team has regular contact with each other and their managers. 

Invest in your employees. Scaling up doesn’t just mean bringing in additional employees, but also reviewing the strengths and weaknesses of your employees and developing them further. A t-shaped team means you have new opportunities for work and projects. This will help you grow as a company as you scale up the skills of your team. 

 

Next steps to scaling your remote team

Start with reflection within the company to understand how you work and how you manage a remote team. Identity problems and issues and plug those as soon as you can. Then move onto the job description and sourcing the right people. Finding the right person can take time, though using an innovation platform like Nixa.io will take a lot of the initial pain out of recruitment. Is it time to scale up your recruitment process? 

Employees are the most valuable part of your business and investing in the right people will have a big, positive impact on your bottom line. 

Drop us a line to see how we can help you scale your team.