Remote Work

Historically, only about 5% of workers worked from home in some way. This small sample size wasn’t enough to convince WFH skeptics of its efficacy (how productive workers could be). Nor was there enough information to prove that it obliterated work-life balance. The unfortunate reality of COVID-19 is that the pandemic has forced many more people to work from home. But, this has provided a larger data set to study the effects of WFH. That data so far has confirmed the best, and the worst, of our suspicions. Champions and critics are both right Most studies prove WFH champions correct:…

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Successful onboarding is challenging when it’s done in person. It becomes exponentially more difficult when the new teammate is remote. Successful remote onboarding requires a structured approach. We’ve created a recipe that works at Surge and Catalyte that has helped us grow from 40 people to more than 700 in six offices, with a network of hundreds of fully remote software engineers. Our contractors routinely onboard and roll off from projects as remote technical specialists. Having proven remote onboarding strategies helps increase the rate of initial productivity in any business environment, allows engineers to focus on building software, enables HR…

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A remote workforce has advantages for talent selection (no geographic restrictions), productivity (work from anywhere) and reduced overhead (no office space). But maintaining a cohesive company culture with a remote workforce can be more difficult with the lack of in-person interaction, need to build trust at a distance, communications challenges and absentee managers. Tom Iler, Chief Product Officer for Surge and Catalyte, shares advice on how to maintain a cohesive company culture regardless of where your workers are located. In this podcast he discusses: Building trust, on both employer and employee side Monitoring outcomes, not activities Having the right tools…

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COVID-19 has thrust all of us into uncharted territory. Many businesses are following the advice of public health officials and having their entire workforces operate remotely. Some for the first time. This can be a difficult transition. From technologies, to corporate and interpersonal communications, remote working has its challenges. Surge has navigated these challenges for over a decade. Here are a few quick and easy pointers to make this transition easier. Treat All Workers the Same Never treat remote and office-based developers differently. There should be the same accountability, same hours and the same oversight for remote and in-office workers.…

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Your Boss: “Remote development will never work…” Despite studies from universities like Stanford that tout the quality, productivity, recruiting and morale benefits of remote coding strategies, CEOs often struggle when asked to approve plans for remote staff augmentation. The reasons for this resistance are many and varied, but it typically comes down to a fear of lost accountability, resulting in a never-ending money pit. In our experience, the success or failure of remote development teams almost always comes down to scope and execution. If the person paying the bills—or the manager overseeing that project —sees a massive failure from the…

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The freedom to work remotely is a powerful experience. Meet Chris: husband, father, football coach, and remote software engineer extraordinaire. Chris discovered manageable work-life balance which helped him become a better software engineer. Watch him as he describes his journey towards better wellness and finding the freedom to live life on his terms. A happy developer does indeed make for better code. Surge forward with us today. Work For Us      Hire Us   [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MW2n2slOh0o[/embed]

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Working from home can be something of a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it affords you the freedom and flexibility to work at your own pace, on your own terms, which may allow you to get more done. On the other hand, without a strict structure to your day, or continual monitoring from those that hold you accountable, it can be easy to get distracted, ultimately losing productivity instead of gaining it. So, which is the case? Are you more or less productive when you work from home? The debate has gone on for years. But now, it may…

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Few company execs have internalized the power of a remote workforce when dealing with development projects. Time-to-market is sharply improved. The talent quality you can recruit and retain is far superior, partly because you can find the best talent anywhere, even if it's geographically far from the intense metro area where your operations are headquartered. And communication, which is often oddly referenced as a telecommuting weak spot, is actually orders of magnitude better than a headquarters-based team. And yet, with all of those benefits and many more, so many company execs still resist remote workforces. The reason is psychological: Headquarters…

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