Being a remote worker—whether from a home office or Hong Kong—is the new normal. Since 2005, there’s been an 80% increase in the number of "telecommunicating" employees in the US. There’s no doubt we’ve become smarter about how we work and where we work from. But working remotely still feels… well, remote.
Modern organizations are armed with cloud-collaboration tools that should make working from anywhere a breeze. Combine these tools with a global talent pool from which to hire, and you're set to dominate the competition, right?
So, why do we still struggle to connect teams, keep them happy and bring them into the company family? These four effective tactics will help you create a work environment that’s both global and connected.
Find Yourself. Choose a Corporate Identity that Works
Identifying your company’s unique culture is a first step toward creating a global communication strategy that works. Don’t be overwhelmed by process. Instead, start with this fun exercise: choose a persona that embodies your company’s strengths and weaknesses. Perhaps your company is like Star Wars' Darth Maul: cutthroat, highly skilled, a source of fear and symbol of hatred throughout the galaxy. Or you might be an office of Bart Simpsons: high energy, motivated by your own ideas, but extremely impulsive.
Not only is this exercise fun, it’s a simple way to assess your company’s character, and gives you some insight and guidance into how your company communicates—internally and externally. If you’re a company of Barts, you’ll want to make sure your remote team doesn’t miss out on annual “Eat My Shorts” day. That’s right, at least send them a cake.
In this age of technological advancements and fluidity of location, telecommuting is becoming more common.
Termed as 'Distributed Workforce', there are both challenges and benefits to having a workforce distributed over a wide geographical area.
The team at 37signals, a Chicago-based software firm, certainly thinks so.
In an excerpt from 37signals cofounders Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson's book, Remote, reprinted in Inc.com, Fried debunks the myth that breakthrough creative moments can only happen when participants are sitting in the same room.
Bargain or Overvalued?
Freelancer.com, run by Matt Barrie in Sydney Australia, is planning to list on the Australian stock market and raise $17.5 million AUD at a market capitalization of $218 million. They are projecting revenue to hit $18.3 million by the end of 2013, up from $10.6 million in 2012. This comes after rejecting a $400 million offer from Japanese company Recruit.co to buy the business.
Looking to hire an amazing developer for your startup? Isn’t everyone? Facebook, Google, and all the technology giants are looking for super-smart people.
Most of the top technology companies run some type of programming competition to attract talented people. Facebook has their Hacker Cup, Google runs the Google Code Jam and Microsoft, the Imagine Cup.
Google Code Jam in London