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Making Remote Work at Stack Overflow - Interview Ilana Yitzhaki, Senior Manager, Employee Experience

Ilana Yitzhaki talks about how to create a great experience for employees in three Stack Overflow offices and remote Stackers across 14 countries. 

Why You Shouldn't Rule Out Junior Developers for Remote Jobs

Post by Rich Moy on Mar 15, 2018 12:00:00 PM

Offering remote working options to developers enables employers to tap into talent pools that they wouldn’t have been able to reach otherwise. But many experts agree that working remotely isn’t necessarily for everyone, and developers that work from home need to have a unique skill set to be productive. As a result, hiring managers often require remote developers to have a certain amount of experience. On paper, that might make a lot of sense. But is that the right approach to hiring for remote software development jobs?

In a recent live webinar that we hosted on hiring and managing remote developers, our panel argued that it doesn’t always make sense to offer work-from-home options only to senior-level programmers. What are some of the benefits of hiring junior developers for remote jobs, and what should you be looking for whenever you allow them to work from home? Read on to find out what our panel had to say.

How to Get Ahead in the Competition for Remote Developers

Post by Rich Moy on Mar 6, 2018 12:00:00 PM

For years, companies that wanted to win at tech recruiting were encouraged to embrace remote working options. That recommendation hit home for a lot of employers last year, with 43 percent of employed Americans saying that they spent at least some time working remotely.

So, as remote work becomes more common across all industries, how can you stand out from the competition and attract remote software developers?

You’ve probably asked yourself this question in the past, only to find that it’s more difficult to answer as the competition increases. During a recent live panel webinar that we hosted, a group of talent acquisition and engineering managers shared their approaches to recruiting and managing remote employees. Here are a few things they had to say about getting ahead in the competition for remote developers.

7 Remote Work Fails to Avoid in 2018

In 2017, 52% of employees worked remotely at least once a week. Engineers, product managers and marketers alike are adapting to a flexible work style to improve their work-life balance and increase focused work time. (Wouldn’t you want to get rid of that nasty commute?)

We at Owl Labs are 40% remote ourselves, and we love to experiment with new ways to support our own distributed team. However, some companies are unsure how to adapt.

If there’s one key point you take away, let it be this. Data shows that remote and flexible work is becoming a standard practice. With that, we need to stop over optimizing for the in-office employee and instead take a balanced approach.

Use this post as a checklist to keep your organization in check.

The Truth About Your Remote Developers’ Productivity at Work

Post by Rich Moy on Nov 27, 2017 1:15:00 PM

Raise your hand if you’ve heard this before: Developers want the flexibility to work remotely. If your hand is currently in the air, you’re not alone. But how are you supposed to monitor a programmer’s productivity when you can’t walk over to that person’s desk? Is it even possible to keep them on track to meet deadlines when there are dozens of potential distractions at home?

The truth is that a growing number of professionals feel that they’re more productive when they work remotely. In a recent FlexJobs survey, 66% of respondents said that they get more done when they’re not in the office. With remote working options proving to be less of a luxury perk (not to mention a boost to your team’s output), why else do programmers value the flexibility to do their jobs from home?

We reached out to a few developers to learn more about how they get things done from the comfort of a home office. Here’s what they had to say.

How Engineering Managers Can Effectively Manage a Remote Team of Developers

Managing a large team of developers has its own set of challenges, but what happens when that team is fully – or mostly – remote? With a remote team, you can’t walk over to someone’s desk and see how they’re doing. Employees may be working from all around the world in different time zones, so getting together all at once might be impossible. The list goes on.

But it can be done! And lots of companies are successfully running a remote engineering team. Here are some tips from Engineering Managers and CEOs on managing remote employees.

How to Build Relationships With Remote Developers During the Interview Process

Post by Rich Moy on Jan 2, 2017 12:00:00 PM

This post was updated in December 2017 with new information.

It’s becoming more and more obvious that offering remote working options will help companies meet their hiring goals in 2017 and beyond. In fact, the developers who responded to our survey this year said that the flexibility to work from home is one of their biggest job priorities. However, it takes much more than simply making the decision to hire remote developers to attract the types of candidates you need. To help you stand out in a crowded market, here are a few tips to help you build trust with your top candidates.  

How to Include Remote Developers in Holiday Festivities

Post by Rich Moy on Dec 6, 2016 12:00:00 PM

If you currently employ any number of remote developers, you should think about how to keep them engaged throughout the entire year. And even though things tend to slow down around this time of year, it’s important to keep employee engagement on your radar—especially as your company starts to celebrate around the office in the coming weeks. Before you get too caught up in the season, here are a few tips to ensure that your remote workers get to share in the fun.

Ask a Developer: What's Appealing About Remote Work Options?

Post by Rich Moy on Nov 17, 2016 12:00:00 PM

Employers that offer remote work options understand the benefits of looking beyond their cities for the right developers. Not only does it allow recruiters to reach talent they otherwise would not have found, but it also enables them to keep their best developers when life events force them to move to another location. The common perks of remote work is well-documented, but we were curious to find out about those that recruiters don't discuss quite as frequently. To get to the bottom of why remote work options are so important to developers, we asked a few programmers who work remotely full time for their thoughts.

3 Common Misconceptions About Hiring Remote Developers

Post by Rich Moy on Nov 10, 2016 12:00:00 PM

This post was updated in December 2017 with new information.

For a growing number of companies, remote developers have proven that the right people, equipped with the right tools can be incredibly valuable members of any software development team. Even though the benefits of offering remote working options seem obvious to some, many companies still focus their developer hiring strategies around finding the best local tech talent.

As surprising as this might sound, a handful of stigmas persist about remote working options, which are ultimately keeping employers from finding the developers they need. Here are a few of the most common misconceptions about allowing developers to work from wherever they’re located.

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