5 Tips to Make Remote Software Developers Love Being a Part of Your Team!
Be the key of their experience.
Remote software developers can be the biggest part of your team. At Tecla.io, we specialize in working with companies interested in hiring and integrating full-time, vetted, software developers from around the globe.
In this article, you will find some tips to make your team work better and raise straight to your company goals
Remote software developers
Sometimes, our clients have had their own experience hiring and working with remote developers. Occasionally, it’s something that the company, or founders, are trying for the first time. Having assembled nearshore teams and connected remote developers with many companies around the world, we have a fair share of quick tips that we’d like to share with you in order to build a team culture that transcends the physical space.
Whether it’s your team’s first time working with remote developers (potentially based outside of your in-house team’s country) or not, these tips will go a long way. They will help you integrate remote developers and make them feel part of the team (which, of course, they are).
By no means do I want to say that these tips are listed in order of importance, or that they are the most important things to keep in mind. They might even seem like small details to some but, I assure you, they will go a long way in building team culture and keeping everyone engaged and motivated.
1. Make the corresponding introductions…
If you hire a new team member to work in your physical office, you naturally introduce him or her to the rest of the team. You make sure that he or she feels welcome. When you hire a software developer who will be working remotely, you should do the same (virtually). Send out emails. Introduce the new hire to the rest of the team. Share a bit of info about the person you just added to the team and make sure that he or she feels like a team member and not just a productivity tool, or Slack Integration.
2. Give your remote team access to the same communication tools you use in-house…
Let’s face it. More and more people at the workplace are communicating via Slack, Skype, Google Hangouts even when they are in the same room, or physically nearby. Text and voice communication tools are essential. Even more for technical teams. Don’t make your remote team members feel isolated. They shouldn’t just be sending emails in order to be heard. Give them access to your virtual workspace and integrate them into your company’s shared communication channels.
3. Get to know the places and cultures that your developers live in…
The software developers that are part of your team that don’t work in the office…exist outside of your computer screen and the internet. Believe it or not. Sometimes, it’s hard to fathom. Frequently, we only interact with remote team members via video calls. We don’t even take a few minutes to read up on the country or city where the developers actually reside. This is important. It’s important to have a personal connection with developers who are out of the office.
4. Share the perks that the rest of the team has access to…
Remote developers are part of the team too, you know? It’s easy to overlook the need to include them in social/work events. They aren’t physically present. Like the rest of the team. And so it naturally becomes easy to overlook the need to include them or invite them. Obviously. They can’t actually attend. But nowadays, there are a lot of events taking place on the internet, and a lot of team perks might be online. When you think about perks, and doing nice things for your in-house team, take a minute to think about what you can do for your remote team, as well. They might not be able to physically attend, but think about what you can do to show them the same appreciation you are showing the team that is in the office.
5. Give your remote team members a voice…
I don’t think you need to give remote developers a voice when it comes to where to order the team lunch from. Or how to re-arrange the office furniture. However, it’s important to realize just how much team culture transcends the real physical space your team works in. Company culture, policies, rules, objectives, deadlines, and accomplishments, all live in your company’s world, which exists independently of your office space. When it comes to these company topics and team projections, remote team members should have a voice. As part of the team, their votes, preferences, and ideas should matter just as much as team members in the office.
If you work in a company that has remote team members, use the Comments section to share more tips with us. I hope that these are useful to other tech teams out there looking to integrate in-house and remote teams in a more holistic way.
Stay tuned. We’ll be publishing new tips frequently!
Founder @ Tecla.io