Why outsource developers?
Simple! Because software developers who work remotely outperform those who choose to work in an office…
“But what about those amazing startup companies that offer fantastic in-office perks?” you may ask. This is where we start to picture hammocks or even treehouses in the office, vending machines in the conference room, table tennis, pool tables or even beer taps. It might work for Google, but not every software company is Google.
And do all these gimmicky perks deliver anything meaningful to the software developers who work there? It may be great in the beginning, but research has shown that even though several companies are trying to create collaborative, fun environments in which to work, the problem is growing. In fact, a 2013 Harris Interactive study of 2,060 American workers showed that
- 61% say noisy co-workers are their biggest distraction in the office;
- 86% prefer to work alone in order to maximize productivity; and
- 40% consider spur-of-the-moment meetings with co-workers stopping by their offices a major distraction.
We believe it doesn’t matter where you work (at your desk, at the beach or even in bed), as long as you can focus and work hard each day, which is why remote work works for us. And it’s not just us, there have been several studies and surveys on the subject of remote work and how it affects productivity.
But of course, to do it right, one needs to set clear expectations, evaluate performance based on results and set protocols around communication, which is where GiGTRiBE comes in to provide structure, discipline and hands-on technology project management to ensure positive results.
Here are the reasons it works for us:
The point, for us, is to hire awesome talent regardless of where they live, ensuring only the best developers work on your project. Working remotely ensures that you can collaborate with top talent anywhere in the world.
With fewer distractions and greater independence, remote workers have the freedom to get more done, something that most developers crave.
A 9-month Stanford study of 16,000 call center employees in 2013 found that working remotely increased productivity by 13 %.
They log more hours
According to Gallup’s study “State of the American Workplace”, employees working remotely log up to four more hours per week than those in the office. The flexibility of working remotely allows developers to spread their work throughout the day at times when they are most productive. They are more likely to be found working after hours than their office-working counterparts.
It’s unlikely that you’ll ever find a remote worker calling in sick or taking time off from work to run errands. They can continue to work at home without sharing their germs with colleagues and rearrange their workday schedules to enable them to attend events or run errands accordingly, without the need to lose an entire workday. This ultimately enables them to be more present.
Almost counter-intuitively, remote workers often make the best team workers. Working remotely demands more and better communication. Without the physical proximity, remote workers need to be in communication with one another frequently and with set goals in mind, leading to stronger collaboration. And all those long-distance video chats? Research shows that up to 92% of workers agree that long-distance video collaboration actually improves their teamwork.
Increased insight into other markets
When you hire a tribe of developers from all over the country, or even all over the world, you’d be surprised by the amazing insights they can provide into local markets.
These are just some of the reasons we believe in remote collaboration and outsourcing software development. Remote workers are able to cut through all the noise and distraction to focus on meaningful work – no gimmicks needed!