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4 secrets for creating rock-star distributed teams

May 1, 2018    |    Cyber Security    |    Lauren Elkins

Finding top talent can be a challenge for businesses today, but you can widen your search by creating distributed teams, hiring employees from anywhere they can connect. In a recent article on CEOWorld Magazine, our CEO, Francis Dinha, wrote about distributed teams: “As competition for elite talent intensifies, businesses who seriously explore and invest in a smart remote workforce will stay ahead of their competitors.”

It’s not an easy feat to hire and manage teams spread across the globe. “The biggest challenge keeping organizations from committing to a remote workforce is engagement,” Dinha said. When you do it right, though, you can create and work with rock-star distributed teams. Start with these four tips.

  1. Hire motivated individuals. Not everyone can stay productive working on their own hours, so as you’re hiring individuals, focus on finding those who show a history of strong self-motivation. You might want to highlight resumes that include freelance work or those with past experience on startups. You could ask questions in the interview about how they’ve handled previous situations dealing with fast-paced projects and how they found the time to get it all done.
  2. Make sure their experience checks all of the boxes. With distributed teams, it’s not so easy to train them for skills they don’t yet have. They’ll need to come with them already.
  3. Get creative in creating a sense of culture. Without the in-person team environment, you’ll have to work harder to create a sense of togetherness and bonding. Ideas can range from hosting quarterly retreats, supervisors flying out to meet face-to-face, online gatherings, sharing interesting things about each other (think pictures and funny group emails), or “hosting” a remote event where everyone gets to take several hours away from the office (with pay) and share what they did when they return the next day.
  4. Use the right tools for collaboration. One of the reasons distributed teams are more common today and can be successful is all of the tools we now have access to! “Tools like Skype and Slack make instant communication a breeze, and video conferencing tools allow CEOs to get in much-needed face time with their employees,” Dinha said. Carefully review and consider which technology solutions will give you the best fit. Does it interface with existing software? How will it support your growth? Does it provide language tools? Can you work offline? What is its track record for cyber security? These are just a few of the important questions to consider. Invest in these tools, in both time and money, to ensure they create the engagement your team needs to thrive. Then supplement them with three suggestions from Dinha: Host an introductory, in-person meeting for new hires; Lean on project managers to disseminate and gather information; Empower teams with financial and technical support. Include a VPN in your tech must-haves. Similar to our article on small businesses using VPN to protect their traffic working from temporary locations such as coffee shops or co-working spaces, remote workers should use VPNs for security and privacy as well. A VPN can also grant them access to your business network if you have more on-site hosted technologies such as SQL databases and certain integrated development environments (IDEs).

Give your business a competitive edge in hiring excellent talent by hiring remote workers. Then work hard to engage with them, providing an environment for success as well as an awesome corporate culture.

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