All Quiet on the Remote Workforce Front?
A report to backup an undeniable development
The Internet has triggered the so-called 4th Industrial Revolution, creating a path for local players to serve entire markets around the globe. As companies have become increasingly distributed across different locations, so has the workforce. One might think that was rather logical. However, it only takes an official study to validate an obvious and inevitable development that we slowly followed the last decade all through the U.S.-American, European and especially the Asian markets. Did we shape this shift? No. Did we adapt to it? Hmm. Well.
It seems that the industry desperately needed Upwork’s recently published Future Workforce Report as a reminder: Remote work is vastly more relevant a topic than even just 3 years ago, with companies leaning more and more towards a remote friendly policy. Again – the reasons for that should be clear. To stay competitive in the market, it is crucial to have access to the best talent pool. Specialized skills can be scarce if hiring on the local market, but plentiful on a global scale.
SMEs such as Basecamp, Freshdesk or GitHub have proved that with right project management tools, agile methodologies and key people, you can become world leaders in your industry with relatively small remote-only teams.
There are no questions left anymore, are they? The Remote Workforce has become and will be one of the key factors of success for global players. So everyone should be joining the praise and start shaping the Future of Work – not just as a theoretical concept, but as an enfolding, living ecosystem. Instead, it’s eerily quiet on the Remote Workforce Front. Why are leaders still reluctant to introduce it for their own ventures?
The revolution is not just about the machinery, it’s about the culture
Interestingly enough, resistance seems to be big on both continents – the development of European and U.S.-American workforces blend statistically into each other. Many studies, like McKinsey’s Global Institute Survey of Independent Workers (2016) showed that the differences became narrow. Two years ago, the signs were conspicuous: around 20-30 percent of working adults in the U.S. and Europe were enjoying freelance work. And the numbers kept growing. So if having workers outside the company office became more acceptable, why do responsibles keep seeing this as a reasonable problem? Well, when technology advances and enables Remote Work, company culture is still lagging behind.
Reasons for this hesitation are well-documented. CEOs all over the world keep asking the same questions all over again:
- How do I make sure my employees don’t slack-off?
- How do I keep a company culture and camaraderie alive if its members never meet in real life?
- Don’t projects suffer from different time-zones and limited availability?
- How do I keep everyone accountable?
Let’s be honest. There is indeed a great challenge to make up for all the unplanned, casual and sometimes non-verbal communication going around a common space. A lack of physical contact makes planning, tracking and communicating an even more crucial component of the company’s success.
On the other hand, a lack of physical presence removes any unessential noise/bias when it comes to assessing workers. There is nowhere for the employee to hide; performance, and performance alone is the measure of employee performance. It's no longer a matter of who stays the latest in the office or who looks the busiest. As a result, it's fairer for all parties involved.
Let’s talk about us for a moment
MVP Factory is not only on a mission to spread the good news about Remote Work, but to shape its future entirely at our scale.
We believe that we can create a better way for companies and workers to collaborate remotely, with the right people and a great ecosystem to benefit both parties. Our platform enables highly-skilled teams to find the best projects while guaranteeing stellar product development for our clients. We want to realize collaborations and remove all pain-points to remote project management.
We see Remote Work as a chance to fix old software development habits that lead to delayed project delivery and unreliable execution. We believe that the industry should not only pay closer attention to its studies – which are conclusive and reasonable –, but to actually acknowledge the ongoing cultural shift happening right now.
We have seen before, technology has already disrupted the rules of the game in the past. Steam and electricity, telephones, cameras and computers, they all fundamentally ruptured the very fabrics of everyday-life. But not because they were mere add-ons, toys that were suddenly available and desirable by themselves. They were smoothly weaved in our lives until they were indistinguishable from it.
This is something that we should all keep in mind – especially when we look at the Remote Workforce. With the help of ever-advancing AI, a more transparent marketplace and automation, we believe that companies of all sizes and all segment will be able to distribute their workforce globally. There will be fewer and fewer frictions to remote collaboration. Whatever the future holds for us, MVP Factory will be at the forefront of it.