Challenges of the client employing a remote team part 2
Recently, we wrote about the benefits of working with remote teams. Today we will tell you about several challenges that a person deciding to take on a remote team for their project.
In relation to new people in a traditional team of employees there is always a certain amount of uncertainty as to their competence or work effects. However, the loan of trust, which is given to a full-time employee, is easier to verify when he works on the spot or you can see specific results of work.
If you consider a completely foreign remote team, the doubts are much greater. Of course, insight into the experience and education of a remote team is one aspect. However, how to verify if the remote team effectively performs the assigned tasks and will easily deal with the project to which it will be assigned? The answer is simple: ask for a case study (link to case study) from existing projects. Specific examples describing the work of the team, the course of activities and, above all, the opinion of people who decided to cooperate, will be much more credible.
The activities of the remote team are primarily to relieve HR and remove micro management from the shoulders of the company. But who would manage the whole team? Would it have to be a member of the management board or a manager? Not necessarily. If you want to take off the whole burden of management, then a dedicated coordinator is an extremely beneficial solution in this case. It can be provided on behalf of the company providing the remote team. In this case, the coordinator oversees all obligations related to the proper performance of work and personnel matters, and you receive the finished product / result.
Technology is another aspect that can raise doubts. When starting a project, especially if it concerns the IT industry or new technologies, all software or tools must be compatible. If this is not possible or we do not have adequate technical resources as a person deciding on the project, the tools available to remote teams can always be used. It is extremely important at the very beginning:
determining the date of project implementation, the scope of data on which the activities will be carried out, effects that should be created, type of tool.
Establishing the above guidelines is a guarantee of correct processes and obtaining specified results.
The last but equally important element raising doubts is the threat of interference by third parties in the data. How to prevent this? A confidentiality agreement and all legal aspects associated with it are one way. The next is verification of the security systems on which the hired remote team works. The third solution, of course, is the team’s work on a tool that we know and have a bit of total confidence.
There is still a lot of uncertainty associated with hiring remote teams to implement projects. However, as business develops, security increases, and trust builds up on both sides, together you can overcome adversity and sail out into the wide waters of business.