Our world is increasingly leading to businesses needing to work with distributed teams.
Remote working has exploded since the pandemic – with many working from home for the very first time. It has opened new possibilities of how to work. And judging from almost all surveys, workers want to continue working from home – or at least having the option of where and how they work.
So, with this in mind, we’re going to talk about the steps for a successful partnership with augmented team members.
Step one: Find the right partner
One of the most effective ways of overcoming the challenges that are faced when searching for an augmented partner is to join up with a company with plenty of experience.
And experienced staffing agencies will administer the whole staffing process itself on an ongoing basis. Alternatively, if a company brings in a hodgepodge group of developers via LinkedIn, there is a higher probability that you will encounter more and more problems, and more serious ones, too.
Ways in which staff augmentation companies can help organizations build better teams include taking care of activities such as vetting remote candidates that fit with a company’s requirements; providing skill tests for job candidates; tapping into a larger pool of previously vetted tech talent; training their workers to strengthen their skills; and setting up communication strategies to provide consistent updates on a daily/weekly basis.
Step two: Establish strong communications
There is no escaping the communication gap between in-person conversation and remote conversation. Even live video has its limitations. That’s why it’s even more important to have a solid communication strategy in place, and why it’s important to partner with a company that functions on strong communication skills.
Such strategies include integrating scheduled video calls for virtual face time with members of the team. They include clear rules regarding when and in which circumstances team members can reach out to PMs on chat apps to foster better communication.
Step three: Cultivating culture
Cultivating a cooperative team culture in a company can help to build an overall – irrespective of the physical location of a company’s team members.
Tactics to build such a cooperative culture include cultivating rituals and ceremonies, such as marketing and celebrating the completion of projects, or just doing Pizza Wednesdays – it can be that simple and can be done so that food is delivered to all members wherever they live.
And strengthen company values via team building events and training. And it doesn’t even have to be single, yearly, in-person events. For example, ArganoUV holds movie nights for its members in the US, Mexico, and Argentina. And when it comes to educational opportunities, the broad opportunities of online courses and classes make access to educational materials incredibly easy for remote workers.
Step four: make a responsible environment
“When employees don’t trust organizational leadership, their chances of being engaged are one in 12,” according to a recent Gallup survey. “But when that trust is established, the chances of engagement skyrocket to better than one in two.”
Companies can create and build a sense of community and trust among workers by engaging them and nurturing cooperation.