Doing-Things-Right to Accelerate your Business Results with RemoteWork

I’ve been in the software industry for more than 20 years now, this is quite a long time… During this time I had the opportunity to be a part of and lead multiple initiatives and projects. I always believed in “Doing the things right” (and not just “Doing the right things”), I believe that adopting the right work processes and methodology can make the difference between any project to a successful one. 

With the COVID-19 situation, we find ourselves forced to change the way we work and adapt in order to be able to maintain the business running and achieve (even only) some level of business continuity. Many of us find themselves shifting their work environment from the known and convenient office environment to work from home (WFH). While companies, who made this shift to WFH, managed to achieve some level of business continuity, they also realized that it is not enough. In order to be able to operate effectively in the new situation that was forced on them,  they also need to adjust their work processes and day-to-day routines and adapt them to the new reality they are operating in. This new reality is called RemoteWork, and surprisingly (or not…) it is not a new phenomenon. There are many companies (more than 2,500 actually) that are already following this model for many years now, long before the COVID-19 got into our lives.

These companies decided to adopt the RemoteWork model as a strategic decision and enjoy the benefits it brings. They strategically chose to operate in an “officeless” environment and save the costs of an expensive real estate. They decided to operate in a distributed manner and hire talent from different locations and not be restricted to the talent available in a given specific location. This allows them to hire the best talent that best fits their needs and don’t fight with the competition in their geography and compromise on just a good-enough talent, just because this is what can be achieved in a given location. They also achieve flexible and balanced work-life balance (or work-life integration which becomes a more common term these days), increased productivity and accelerated business results.

But, to achieve all of that, they had to adopt a company-culture and work-processes that aligned with the RemoteWork principles. These processes and methodologies consider the characteristics of the RemoteWork model, the implications on the way people operate and communicate and also the challenges derived from such a model. A deep understanding of the RemotWork model and adopting the right processes will allow companies to enjoy the benefits of the model while properly dealing with its challenges. Choosing RemoteWork as a strategic decision followed by the “Do the things right” approach enables companies to accelerate their business results and achieve a unique advantage comparing the market.

In a session as part of WHFConf, we discussed the benefits of RemoteWork in general and particularly how to deal with Remote Hiring.

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The writer is FlatWorld.co Co-Founder and CTO, Software Development and Operation executive, Dev Processes & Methodology expert.