Tips for Managing Remote IT Employees

March 18th, 2016

IT projects are collaborative efforts. There usually isn’t a solo programmer sitting alone in a room, cranking out code. Even if there is a single programmer, getting an application from concept to deployment requires other people to perform testing, packaging, and support.

When the tech workers are remote from each other or from the product owner defining the project requirements, coordinating and collaborating becomes more challenging and effective management of a team is even more critical. Use these tips to ensure that your remote IT workers are able to succeed despite being separated from the rest of the organization.

  1. Make sure local and remote employees communicate about the project. Include the remote team in team meetings through videoconferencing and conference calls. Solicit input from the people on the phone as well as the people in the room. Use other collaboration tools to encourage team members to communicate no matter where they’re located.
  1. Make sure remote employees know what their responsibilities are. Because there’s less opportunity to intervene with a remote team, it’s important that they know from the beginning what they’re expected to do and how they’re expected to respond to problems they encounter, particularly if they’re in a different time zone from the rest of the team.
  1. Don’t expect a remote team to perform functions that are best handled locally. Some IT functions, like requirements analysis, require spending significant time talking with a business expert. It’s best to perform that task in person, so that nuances of tone aren’t lost in static during a bad connection.
  1. Take advantage of time zone differences. When possible, assign work so that dependent tasks are in different time zones. For instance, if testers and coders are in different time zones, testers can send a bug report at the end of their day and find fixes ready to be retested when they come back in the next morning.
  1. Make sure remote employees have all the technical tools they need. It’s hard to work effectively when you don’t have the tools. Give remote employees the software and licenses they need to perform their tasks.

Whether you need to staff a local office or want to hire a remote employee, InReach IT Solutions will apply its 20 years of IT recruiting experience to help you find the best possible worker. Contact us to learn how our Dallas IT staffing services can help you meet your hiring needs.

IT Hiring in Dallas

March 11th, 2016

Dallas is ranked number two in the technology job market. Technology employers and job seekers in the Dallas area will find the search for employees and employers in 2016 impacted by national and local trends that are both positive and negative.

Trends Indicate More Competition for Top Employees

One survey placed both Dallas and Plano among the top 25 cities for job seekers, with Plano actually topping the list. While that’s good news for job hunters that means employers may need to work harder to convince candidates to accept their offers. Bureau of Labor Statistics data shows that hourly wages for computer systems analyst in Dallas-Fort Worth are currently slightly below the United States average for these workers, though surveys by other firms report salaries that are higher than average for the most in-demand technical skills.

A contrary trend is due to Dallas’ dependency on oil and energy firms; the current low prices for oil may reduce job growth in Texas, according to the Dallas Fed. Although the energy slowdown started in 2015, the effects will continue to be felt through 2016 and even into 2017.

Most companies report that technology staff will stay level or increase in 2016; an emphasis on digital transformation is forcing companies to increase their IT budgets. For employers, the biggest challenge remains finding quality employees. Unemployment in Dallas remains relatively low.

Staffing Agencies Help Employers Beat the Competition

Working with a staffing agency is an effective way for companies to identify top talent in a competitive job market like the one in Dallas. Staffing agencies have large databases of candidates and actively network to expand their contacts. By working closely with their client companies, staffing agencies reach a deep understanding of the requirements for each open position and are able to effectively screen candidates. Only the most suitable applicants get passed to the company for further evaluation. Staffing agencies also know what the market rate salaries and benefits are for every job title, helping companies generate attractive offers that candidates are likely to accept. Through these skills, staffing agencies reduce the time and cost of a company’s recruiting efforts.

InReach IT Solutions has more than 20 years of experience recruiting information technology specialists. We focus on helping companies and candidates find the best match for their needs, placing the right candidate in the right job to benefit both the employer and the employee. Contact us to learn how our services can solve your Dallas IT staffing problems.