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Organizations must revamp policies before adopting a hybrid model of work.
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Don’t Forget To Do This Before Switching to Hybrid

Managers who adopt a hybrid schedule of work for their employees should follow these best practices to help workers avoid burnout and improve team performance.

Two studies recently shared insights on developing hybrid policies that blend remote and in-office work without burning out employees: organize regular team discussions to avoid employee burnout, offer flexible working hours to improve team performance, and train managers to ensure smooth operations. With over forty percent of the global workforce considering leaving their employer this year, a thoughtful approach to hybrid work is critical for attracting and retaining talent. 

Key takeaways from the reports include:

$1 spent on the hybrid policy redesign program led to $1.68 in savings

Organizations that invested in a redesign program before going hybrid saw a healthy return on investment. They saw improved work-life balance and job satisfaction among employees and a drop in employee turnover costs. Voluntary employee exits decreased by 40 percent in these organizations. 

The talent landscape has shifted, and employee expectations have changed. Leaders must rethink employee engagement before adopting a hybrid setup. More than 66 percent of business leaders are redesigning spaces and policies for hybrid work. They are investing in technology to bridge the physical and digital worlds. 

Regular team discussions prevent overload and increase transparency

Structured discussions helped overloaded employees reduce engagements that did not require their inputs. They also helped increase efficiency by eliminating low-value work. Sixty-one percent of employees from organizations that did not conduct such discussions said they felt overburdened by work. Thus, leaders must urgently address digital exhaustion and work on solutions to reduce employee workloads.

Regular team discussions also set clear performance expectations. They helped hybrid employees overcome their fears of being judged based on their work hours instead of their contributions. They improved transparency by providing a clear picture of the hybrid workplace.

Flexible work hours lead to improved employee well-being and performance

The research revealed that hybrid setups worked best when employees were given control over their work instead of mandating specific hours for remote and in-office work. Organizations with flexible work cultures reported fewer work-life conflicts. The employees reported improved well-being and family time. 

Looking at these benefits, 63 percent of high-revenue growth companies have adopted the ‘productivity anywhere’ models that give employees the option of working remotely or on-site. Organizations that focused less on when, where, and how work happened saw optimum results and enabled employees to work in sustainable ways. 

Training managers is essential for ensuring seamless hybrid operations

Remote employees often feel disconnected from their in-office colleagues. Manager training should focus on building an inclusive work environment and give equal attention to all the team members irrespective of where they work. It is equally important to watch out for silos that may arise in the hybrid space. Managers must ensure that in-office and remote employees have access to the same resources and are equally involved in decision-making. They should encourage cross-team collaboration to strengthen the hybrid team. 

Additionally, they should encourage employees to share when they feel overwhelmed by work and allow them to unplug to focus on particular tasks or even recharge. 

Find the complete studies here and here.

Turing is an automated platform that helps organizations go hybrid. It enables companies to hire and manage senior, pre-vetted remote software developers. Firms can hire from a talent pool of 500K+ developers with strong technical and communication skills and who work in their time zone.
For more information, visit Turing’s Hire page.

By Jun 22, 2021
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Remote Work Boosts Productivity & Innovation, Say Multiple Studies

Multiple reports show that work from home increased productivity and creativity in workers, and empowered them to be more innovative.

Several tech giants like Qualcomm, Lenovo, and Google have shared that remote work boosted productivity. A study published in the MIT Sloan Management Review revealed that remote work developed big-picture thinking in employees and made them more creative. Yet another found that empowered remote workers led to more innovation. 

Additional findings: 

Remote work spurs productivity and innovation

Qualcomm and Lenovo said they saw a rise in productivity after going remote. The former even added they filed more patents during the pandemic than ever before. 

A report published in MIT Sloan studied 1,000 remote innovation leaders across 17 countries to understand how innovations occurred. The analysis revealed that the companies with a radically progressive approach to remote work saw increased innovation, leading to better employee and customer outcomes. These companies, referred to as “stormers” in the report, were some of the best industry innovators. The report also revealed that the constraints of remote work led to more creativity among employees.

The other report showed that remote employees are more innovative because virtual communication, paired with the perception of being distant, activates the higher-construal thought process, also known as big-picture thinking. Thus, remote workers develop big-picture thinking because of virtual collaborations. 

The empowerment of remote employees promotes innovation

Ninety-four percent of stormers said replacing the command-and-control structure with a culture focused on customer-facing teams helped them perform better. It gave them more autonomy while serving customer needs. This approach transformed customer communication and provided a sense of purpose to employees. What’s more, it also increased customer loyalty by 62 percent for stormer organizations. 

The report also revealed that entrusting remote employees with customer relationships led to innovation. Ninety-one percent of stormer workforces said they enjoyed the recognition their work received through this approach. It motivated them to innovate further. As a result, 96 percent of stormers prioritized self-empowerment over leadership.

Remote work demands intelligent technology, connectivity, and consistency

Qualcomm and Lenovo shared that connectivity and high-quality technology are crucial to support the shift to remote work. They said that having access to the correct devices and connectivity led to greater output. 

Meanwhile, 84 percent of innovators said they could maintain their work-life balance and prevent burnout by sticking to a consistent schedule. They also shared that establishing transparent communication systems within teams was essential for maintaining this balance. In addition to this, virtual lunch breaks engaged remote employees in casual conversation that helped build bonds across teams.

Brainwriting,  bias elimination, and minimal production blockers can maximize virtual productivity

  • Reduce production blockers: Production blockers can hamper creative thinking. Frequent conversations with the team, for example, can act as a production blocker for an employee. Setting aside time for individual work away from the shared screen can help in limiting such blocks and increasing productivity. 
  • Practice brainwriting: Encourage employees to write down their ideas and discuss them together. Brainwriting fixes the flaws of brainstorming by eliminating self-censorship and promoting honest criticism. Virtual communication is ideal for brainwriting because participants can contribute to a shared document without group influence. 
  • Amplify individual input through virtual platforms: Virtual platforms allow only one person to talk at a time. Thus, they make it easier for less vocal participants to share their views. Most importantly, they serve as records of information, allowing organizations to go over previously discussed ideas.
  • Eliminate bias and encourage diverse interactions: People evaluate ideas from colleagues more harshly than those from outsiders. Anonymity helps in evaluating ideas without prejudice. Similarly, conversations between different team members bring diverse perspectives and stimulate creativity. 

Read the complete reports here and here.

Turing is an automated platform that lets companies “push a button” to hire and manage senior, pre-vetted remote software developers. Firms can hire from a talent pool of 500K+ developers with strong technical and communication skills who work in their time zone.

For more information, visit Turing’s Hire page.

By Jun 18, 2021
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The US Government Plans for Remote Work Policies

Increased job satisfaction, better employee retention, and ample successful federal telework models have made the US government decide to go remote permanently.

Increased job satisfaction among federal workers, better recruitment and employee retention, and ample successful federal telework models have caused the Biden administration to plan for a permanent transition to flexible work

Pre-pandemic, 23 percent of government employees worked remotely for at least one day per week. During COVID-19, the number rose to 74 percent. Now, senior government officials have revealed they plan to allow individual federal agencies to define flexible work options according to the department’s aims, employee needs, and manager preferences. 

Here’s a breakdown of why: 

Remote work increased job satisfaction among federal workers

The Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey showed that government employees working remotely for at least three days a week reported a higher engagement score (76) than those working in an office (62.5). 

Eighty-two percent of federal employees eligible for remote work also reported they were either satisfied or very satisfied with their organization’s telework program. Only 5 percent said they were dissatisfied, and 12 percent were neutral.

A similar survey conducted by the National Treasury Employees Union found that 92 percent of workers had a successful experience with telework, with 66 percent even claiming they were more productive while working remotely. 

Employers win, too: federal agencies can recruit and retain the best talent by going remote

Recruiting the best talent is a top priority for the federal government. However, government officials have revealed that a lack of flexible work options has previously cost them the best candidates. “Candidates want to live in a location where you don’t pay half your salary in property taxes or lose most of your money trying to buy a house,” said Trent Fraizer, executive director for campaigns & academic engagement for Homeland Security and CISA.

Frazier worries that a lack of competitiveness in hiring will burden federal agencies in the long run, given the tough competition they face from the private sector. Top firms like Google, Twitter, Lenovo, etc., are opting for all-remote or hybrid work options, and others are following suit.

Economics and personnel experts also point to the benefits of having a larger talent pool while hiring remotely. They believe in hiring the best person for the role nationally, not locally. 

Agencies build on success with remote work

Several federal agencies have implemented successful remote work models–and plan to continue following them post-pandemic. They include: 

  • Department of Defense (DOD)

The Department of Defense made remote work functional despite ample digital security and privacy concerns—even launching a virtual work environment in 2020 to enable WFH.  The agency is now scaling the project, dubbed DOD 365, to include a whole suite of collaboration tools with added security layers.

  • US Department of Agriculture (USDA)

The USDA has already declared that it will allow remote work for up to four days a week, along with expanded usage of virtual and remote duty stations and more flexible schedules. 

  • NASA 

Despite existing remote work arrangements, NASA had to scale to mass telework rapidly at the onset of the pandemic. However, the agency quickly managed to overcome the pitfalls of remote work, and at one point, had 90 percent of its workforce working remotely. 

  • General Services Administration (GSA) 

A majority of the GSA’s workforce has been working remotely for the past five years—which made transitioning to all-remote relatively easy for the team. 

Boundaryless work is popular with both federal employees and agency leadership. Past successes with federal telework programs have further shown that remote work is here to stay. 

Organizations looking to build remote teams of talented engineers can, with Turing, hire Silicon Valley caliber software developers across 100+ skills.  

By Jun 17, 2021
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Going Hybrid: Simple? No. Necessary? Yes.

Companies that don’t switch to remote work or adopt a hybrid work model risk losing the best talent. Thus, they must plan their organizational strategy carefully.
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The Microsoft Work Trend Index, an annual report published by Microsoft each spring, concluded companies that don’t offer remote work—be it fully remote or hybrid options—risk losing the best human resources. The index reported that 73 percent of employees don’t want to return to full-time, in-office work. Further, 40 percent of the workforce is considering a job switch. 

To create a hybrid workplace, according to a different report, companies must plan carefully. Going hybrid by default is impracticable and unsustainable, the report said. To do so effectively, companies should consider the following: 

Determine the company’s vision for the future of work

The first step of going hybrid: clarity of vision. Companies need to define the main changes, challenges, and a re-imagined vision for their hybrid workforce. Employers need to debate the following questions: How will teams collaborate if they don’t work from the same location? Can each job be carried out remotely, on-site, or a mix of both? Will gig workers and freelancers be a part of the workforce? Will a hybrid workforce help or hinder the operating model?

Identify real estate needs and technology requirements

After determining their hybrid vision, companies need to decide how much of their workforce will work remotely and the technology hardware, software, and collaboration required to support them. 

Employers must identify which tools and applications can help workers perform their jobs well from anywhere. Such applications must overcome an office-centric culture through easy digital communication. 

Find ways of translating culture to the virtual workplace

In hybrid workplaces, culture no longer lives in offices. Companies will need to incorporate their culture and values in virtual operations at all stages of the talent lifecycle. This means transforming onboarding processes, team-building activities, and leadership development programs to suit the virtual world.

Successful hybrid workplaces invest in business tools that help digitize as many procedures and processes as possible and engage leaders capable of building virtual relationships and inspiring great work. Above all, they offer employees a great culture, wherever they log in from.

Read more about building a hybrid workforce here.

By Jun 14, 2021
Google remote work policy saves $1 billion
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Remote Work Saves Google One Billion Dollars a Year

The Google remote work experiment was a success, saving the company $1 billion and helping offset its many costs.

Alphabet Inc., parent company of Google, recently announced it has saved more than $1 billion as a result of allowing its employees to work remotely. The company said it saved $268 million on travel, promotional, and entertainment costs in its most recent quarter, compared to the same period a year earlier—or $1 billion in savings on an annualized basis. 

The global pandemic prompted several tech giants to allow their employees to work remotely indefinitely. In July 2020, Google became the first major company to announce it would offer employees the option to work remotely through mid-2021, extending its prior timeline. In September 2020, the company revealed that it had begun working on a “hybrid” work model. 

Google’s savings offset costs

Not only has remote work saved Google over $1 billion, but it also allowed the firm to make significant investments in company growth. The company said the savings offset the costs of hiring several thousand more workers.  

Building on its remote success

Google is capitalizing on its success with remote work by adopting a hybrid work model. The company will now allow around 20 percent of its employees to work from home permanently. Google expects about 60 percent of its employees to work in the office for “a few days a week,” while the remaining 20 percent work on-premise. What’s more, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, in an email to employees, wrote that the company plans to develop several more remote roles and all-remote sub-teams. 

To read more, head here.

By Jun 10, 2021
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California Leaving: The “Techxodus” Is Real

For the first time in history, the California state population declined. Now, two new reports show further evidence to confirm the Silicon Valley exodus is real.

Human migration uses something called the gate test: if a state opens its gates, do people flee or enter? For the past three decades, more people have left California each year than have moved to the state. And the global pandemic seems to have intensified the trend. For the first time in history, California’s population declined and the state lost a congressional seat.

For every new Bay Area resident, two are leaving

The “techxodus” is taking place in the heart of California, its tech hubs. The Bay Area had been experiencing a net outflow of residentsmore residents have left than moved inlong before the global pandemic. But as the pandemic accelerated the shift to remote and more companies allowed employees to work from anywhere, the net outflow almost quadrupled. It has averaged 49.8 percent since September 2020, which means that for every new Bay Area resident, two have left. Workers cite a better home environment and lower cost of living as the main reasons for leaving. 

Tech workers would leave the Bay Area if they could work remotely

What’s more, a survey revealed that two out of every three tech workers would leave the Bay Area if they had the option to work remotely. While 36 percent said they’d leave for other US regions, 16 percent said they’d consider leaving the US entirely. 

To getand keeptop talent, Silicon Valley will need to go remote

Remote work experts expect many tech workers will demand the option to work remotely. At Turing’s recent Boundaryless: #ScalingPostPandemic Conference, senior Cushman & Wakefield executive Gabe Burke said he expects that, if talent demands remote work, employers will likely provide the option. 

Read the full reports here & here

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By Jun 9, 2021
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No Remote Work? Get Ready For Working Parents To Quit

A recent survey revealed that working parents greatly value the many benefits of working from home, such as increased productivity and higher savings.

Employeesworking parents in particularhave grown fond of working from home. FlexJobs surveyed more than 1,100 parents with children 18 or younger to get insight into their experience working remotely and their expectations from post-pandemic workplaces.

Top takeaways from the survey:

Sixty-two percent of working parents would quit without remote work

Two critical concerns for parents returning to the physical workplace: exposure to Covid-19 infection and the impact of in-office work on their personal lives. Working parents are willing to work more hours, give up on vacation time, and even take up to a 10 percent pay cut just to continue working remotely. 

Fifty-one percent state remote work increases productivity

Remote work allows parents to work in an environment that sets them up for success and makes them more productive. In addition to this, flexible working schedules help them manage their professional and childcare responsibilities with greater ease. 

Ninety-eight percent say remote work saves them money

Working parents have saved significant money working from home. Twenty-one percent report saving around $10,000 per year. Meanwhile, 33 percent and 22 percent report saving $3,900 and $2,000 per year, respectively. 

Sixty-six percent say remote work will improve gender equity

Female labor force participation in the US plummeted to its lowest in 33 years in 2021. What’s more, the pandemic resulted in $800 billion in lost income for women in 2020. But, working parents say they believe that allowing remote work will help improve gender equity. 

Read the full article here.

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By Jun 8, 2021
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Why a ‘Deep Jobs’ Platform is a Better Choice for Companies and Remote Job Seekers

Turing offers vetting, onboarding, payments, time tracking, performance monitoring, and communication tools to ensure high productivity and transparency

Great employees are a must, not only for building big companies but also for keeping organizations competitive in the market. But as anyone who has ever had to hire for important roles would agree, hiring remote talent often feels like a gamble. 

While the use of traditional job boards in the hiring process is undeniable, recruiters and candidates increasingly feel that these platforms’ mere act of matchmaking is not yielding the desired results.

The covid-19 pandemic has further exposed the inherent flaws and the shallow nature of traditional job platforms. Millions of talented people are now finding themselves in jobs (if they are lucky enough to have one), where they are both underutilized and under-compensated. Firms are also facing difficulty hiring quality talent since hundreds of thousands of skilled workers have gone remote.

In such a scenario, the whole idea of a traditional CV and job listing platform looks outdated, and the need for a ‘deep jobs’ platform is now more critical than ever. 

So what is a deep jobs platform?

Traditional job listing platforms offer a digital equivalent to a CV that gives only a few key points about the candidate. They also provide little to no help in vetting and retaining the ideal candidate. Their offering stops at the mutual discovery of companies and prospective employees. 

As the name suggests, a deep jobs platform goes deep into the hiring process and addresses the various stages associated with it. It offers a higher value proposition to interested employers and job seekers by providing customized products and services. It does so by creating highly enriched candidate profiles with the right signals/indicators for recruiters and managers. A deep jobs platform also offers support across critical stages of the employment journey like vetting, onboarding, payments, etc. Post-match, a deep jobs platform, like Turing, may even offer support services like time tracking, performance monitoring, and communication tools, among others, to ensure high productivity and transparency for customers and employees.

The remote hiring challenge in tech

For technology companies, recruiting skilled talent is difficult as thousands of firms compete to hire from the same limited local pool of skilled developers. The scarcity of top-level talent in the market makes retention a big problem, too. 

And with so many organizations chasing so few developers, hiring becomes costly. These hiring challenges hit companies from the Bay Area and New York, especially hard since it has become prohibitively expensive to hire top IT professionals. The problem of recruiting top talent has become so huge that now 65% of technology leaders believe it is hurting the industry.

So, to solve the above problems of hiring, retention, and cost, many firms are looking for remote developers. But hiring the right team of offshore developers can be tricky, particularly when most of the recruiters rely on a traditional resume to source candidates. 

According to Turing.com co-founder and CEO Jonathan Sidharth, companies usually struggle with three things while trying to hire remotely distributed teams. 

He says, “first, it’s really hard to find high-quality remote talent. Second, it’s extremely difficult to evaluate and vet remote talent to figure out who’s the right match for your company. And finally, how do you manage and operate a distributed team after you found the right team?”

Jonathan and Turing co-founder Vijay Krishnan faced all these problems while building their previous start-up, Rover, out of Stanford in 2007-08. They found they had to cast a wider net to recruit talent after realizing that start-ups like theirs couldn’t compete with giant Bay Area companies like Google and Facebook to recruit the people they needed. But, after they decided to run Rover via remotely distributed teams, they found that the CVs on job portals were of little help for remote-first companies that needed to hire quality offshore developers. 

Jonathan explains the problem of the traditional CVs by giving the following two examples. 

A Silicon Valley company might feel comfortable with a computer science graduate’s academic credentials from any of the Ivy League universities. But the same organization may be clueless while hiring a remote Nigerian developer, seeing an institute, which might very well be the Stanford of Nigeria, on his/her resume.

Similarly, a US-based company might not doubt an ex-Googler’s caliber because everybody knows Google and the vetting process it implements to hire quality developers. But, what’s the Google of Rio? Most of us don’t know.

In other words, companies will have little idea about the real skills and qualifications of remote developers through a traditional CV as it won’t tell them enough about the foreign schools and companies.

What solutions does a deep jobs platform like Turing provide?

Jonathan and Vijay understood the importance and need for a deep jobs platform to provide in-depth developer profiles, a rigorous vetting process, and management solutions for modern-day hiring problems. So, after the acquisition of Rover in 2017 by Revcontent for close to $30mn, the duo decided to build something new based on their prior experience, and Turing was born.

Turing’s approach is a vertically-integrated solution that replaces traditional IT service company offerings with an AI-based platform. It connects the top 1% of remote developers with the best US and Silicon Valley firms. 

Unlike a traditional jobs board, a deep jobs platform like Turing doesn’t stop at just matchmaking.  It goes beyond that and solves multiple problems for both companies and candidates during the hiring process.

  • Deep Sourcing and Profile Creation: A deep jobs platform such as Turing goes deep into the global talent pool to find the best candidate. It creates an impactful profile that lists out the skills and potential of a developer. These deeper profiles help match companies and candidates according to their requirements and skill-sets, respectively.

Turing Deep Developer Profiles

  • Rigorous Vetting: When a human reviews a resume, there are inherent biases that exist. But a deep jobs platform like Turing implements a color and gender-blind vetting algorithm to select the best candidates meticulously. Turing evaluates top candidates by testing their expertise, experience, performance on scientifically-designed coding challenges and interviews. 
  • Matching and Onboarding: An AI/ML-powered deep jobs platform like Turing not only matches companies with the right developers but also helps onboard them. The onboarding process addresses the vital concept of culture fit. Employees fitting into the existing culture of companies exhibit superior job performance. They are more satisfied and also less likely to leave the company.
  • Collaboration Tools: On the management side, Turing provides tools and protocols to address the challenges of managing remote teams. The Turing Workspace and Turing Virtual Machine do it all for the companies from tracking hours to enabling check-ins and standups to security.

Turing Virtual Machines

  • Payments processing: The payments are entirely handled by Turing, making it easy for both the organizations and job seekers.
  • Risk-free trial: Turing is so sure about its selection process that it lets companies pay after two weeks of the free trial if they are satisfied with the developer’s quality.
  • Community: Since remote work doesn’t give developers the atmosphere of a physical office, where they bump into their colleagues now and then, many workers might feel lonely. Turing understands this well and hence provides a sense of community to world-class developers. Having a community not only helps developers connect and grow but also creates long-term value for them.

Deep jobs platform in a remote-first world

With studies predicting more and more people shifting to remote work, companies must have the best possible offshore talent on board to stay ahead in an ever-changing tech market. In such a scenario, a deep jobs platform with its deep developer profiles emerges as a better choice for companies and remote job seekers. It enables them to go genuinely boundaryless.

“Talent in the cloud working from anywhere beats talent restricted to a single city. People have a better quality of life. Companies have a larger, more diverse talent pool. Why does your team need to live where your office is headquartered?” says Jonathan.

Turing’s expertise in the remote developer arena will iron out many of the problems that organizations could face while hiring and retaining top remote engineers in this ‘highly uncertain’ period.

If you’re a developer looking for the best remote US jobs or an organization planning to hire remote silicon valley caliber candidates, try Turing’s deep jobs platform for yourself today.

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By Mar 13, 2021
Are future workforces ready for the remote work revolution?
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Are Future Workforces Ready for the Remote Work Revolution?

With the rapid shift to remote work, can our education system keep pace and ensure future workforces are adequately equipped?

The idea of a remote workforce has been floating around since the dawn of the internet. Being location-independent affords organizations many benefits aside from cutting costs and increasing productivity. This setup can even solve talent shortage problems in tech and beyond. For example, software engineers don’t have to be in Silicon Valley to gain an opportunity to work for the world’s most influential companies. And this goes for talented individuals in other professions and industries too. Through easily accessible remote job platforms, skilled workers can seamlessly find job opportunities on par with their talent.

While the transition to remote work over the last few years has been gradual at best, the pandemic has swiftly turned it into our reality. Or, as many people like to call it, the new normal. According to a recent survey, 69% of US financial service companies expect to have more than half of their workforce in a telecommuting setup moving forward. Before the pandemic, only 29% of these businesses said they would be willing to adopt flexible working arrangements. Google, Salesforce, Facebook, and PayPal are a few of the leading companies to adopt remote work in light of the pandemic and extend it until the near future. Meanwhile, Japan’s Fujitsu took an even bigger step by cutting down its office space by half, which goes to show that remote work is here to stay. 

Readying future labor forces for remote work

With many of the world’s most recognized brands embracing this new normal, it begs the question: are today’s students, who will soon make up the labor force, prepared to work in a remote setup? Are their skills being developed at the academic level to handle and thrive in this rapidly changing working environment? 

At this point, it’s still too early to tell but, like companies, schools and universities have had to quickly transition their students to online learning. After some back and forth, Northwestern University decided to officially shift to online instruction. It’s among a growing list of academic institutions in the country that have decided to open the academic year on a remote basis. Others, like Williams College, are pursuing a hybrid model of remote and in-person classes. This shift has definitely challenged schools to improve their distance learning platforms. It also puts more value on online courses as the primary means to complete a degree and develop the necessary skills to enter an evolving workforce.

Remote learning in practice

Case in point: cybersecurity is one of the fastest-growing professions, with nearly three million positions left unfulfilled up until last year. To build skills that are in high demand across almost all industries, some universities are designing comprehensive cybersecurity programs that can be accessed completely remotely. These are built to train students in the offensive and defensive approaches to cybersecurity more effectively. 

What’s more, remote students have the benefit of learning in a virtual training ground that can be accessed anywhere and on any device. An example of this in practice is Maryville University’s online cybersecurity degree program which has been developed through their Virtual Lab – an innovative security operations center that provides cost-free services to different organizations. This lab, which was recognized by Apple for mobile innovation, lets students develop technical, hacking, and analytical cybersecurity skills. Testing one’s problem-solving skills remotely in an academic setting, where the conditions are safe and protected, is an effective way of developing necessary technical skills before students enter the workforce. Furthermore, the mobile nature of the coursework readies these future cybersecurity experts to better adapt to prevailing remote working conditions.

The critical importance of remote learning

The unique features of online learning can also prepare students for the new nature of the workforce itself. By obtaining their education online, future professionals can develop critical communication and collaboration skills that fuel remote work. More importantly, they can learn to be more adaptable — a quality that’s crucial in the 21st century and beyond. Adaptability at work means learning and applying new skills and responding quickly to changing work environments such as the one we are facing now. 

As disruptive as the pandemic has been for the academic setting, it’s given students an opportunity to hone critical technical and soft skills necessary to succeed in a rapidly evolving professional environment. Writer Goldie Blumenstyk described the times as a black swan moment, saying that the pandemic will put online education and the development of education technology tools at the forefront. It’s up to these academic institutions to train educators and develop tools and systems that will support this inevitable shift. As companies like Turing.com which connects remote software engineers to top US firms  help accelerate the shift to remote, it becomes all the more integral that academic institutions follow suit. 

Turing is leading the charge in building top-of-the-line remote workforces. If you’re a software developer who wants to take your career to the next level, you can apply to top Turing remote jobs. If you’re a company that needs to scale your engineering capacity quickly, you can, with Turing, hire best-in-class software developers who have exceptional technical and communication skills, and work in your timezone.

By Jan 20, 2021
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How to be a successful remote software engineer

This blog post covers how a developer can be recognized, find a remote job, and be successful working remotely. However, it’s important to understand what is in it for organizations hiring remote developers.

*Full Disclaimer: All the views expressed in the blog are solely my personal views and biased based on my personal experience. The best-practices, technologies, or benefits listed are no silver bullets. The article is focused on engineers in the web development space. 

Remote working is not a new concept but working remotely is gaining popularity during these times. Many organizations are forced to rethink how they work. Covid-19, has impacted every person in the world, but with the challenges the pandemic has created comes opportunity.

There has never been a better time to work remotely, especially for engineers. Many organizations have now turned remote-friendly, some have also started hiring developers from regions unheard of – the reason? Untapped potential!!

This blog post covers how a developer can be recognized, find a remote job, and be successful working remotely. However, it’s important to understand what is in it for organizations hiring remote developers.

Why organizations should hire remote developers

It would be unfair to say that organizations do NOT want to hire remote developers as they are bound by government laws which prevent them from going beyond their country to hire a person on their payroll. It’s only possible for large corporations.

Let’s first understand the benefits of hiring remote engineers. As an organization you can:

  • Hire engineers who have untapped potential – these engineers have high productivity and are eager to learn.
  • Hire engineers from countries with lower GDP – allows you to pay people less than you would if you hire local talent.
  • Add diversity to your company culture – allows sharing different ideas and perspectives that you did not have before.
  • Become a 24×7 company – by hiring engineers in varied timezones you can move faster and support customers globally.

Now that you understand why a company wants to hire you, let’s discuss why a developer would want to work remotely.

Why engineers should consider remote jobs

There are many benefits (and few drawbacks) of working as a remote engineer. 

  • Choose your hours – Since you work in a different timezone, you can choose the hours you want to work, though it’s important to have some overlap. (more on that later)
  • Work with people with diverse backgrounds – there is a different thing about people who are well-traveled, right? Why is that?
  • Get paid more than your peers – you can only earn what your industry pays you, what if you changed the local industry? 😉
  • Choose where you work– Home, Coworking office, Coffee Shop? It’s recommended though you have a consistent setup (again, later!)
  • Better work-life balance – Save time traveling, get more time off (remote organizations are usually flexible), be with your loved ones often.
  • Choose your own technologies – though it helps get better jobs depending on the tech you work with, organizations are looking for the skills you’ve developed to help them identify what you’d work on.
  • Immense growth – working with people globally brings a lot of different perspectives allowing you to 10x your growth.

Why would organizations consider you

We have established that organizations want remote engineers, now let’s look at why an organization would consider you? What do you need that makes an organization believe you are remote-friendly?

Open Source Contributions
Organizations want to look at the work you have done. 

  • It increases the credibility of your work
  • It shows that you love writing code
  • It gives them a glimpse into the code you write

Remote-friendly technologies
If you are looking to join a startup, most likely they use technologies that are popular right now. Having experience in current tech is a great way to get noticed. Some of these technologies are (but not limited to):

  • Javascript (Node and React)
  • GraphQL
  • Python (Django)
  • Kubernetes and other cloud devops experience is a huge plus

It usually helps to be able to work on both backend and frontend (Full-Stack), since it’s crucial to be self-driven in a remote environment.

Solid previous experience and profile
Organizations love when they find a person who is a great problem solver. Working on multiple projects and industries, at different roles, are usually indications that you will do well in their company. Companies will also check your Linkedin profile to understand you better. Having an updated profile and strong recommendations from previous employment can go a long way towards helping you find the right remote job.

Attitude
I saved the most important one for the last. Companies hire for attitude rather than skill. Skill can be learned, but attitude takes a long time to correct. Having the right attitude is the only way to get good remote jobs. 

So what do I mean by having the right attitude? 

Display a willingness to learn more about their company, show a genuine interest in the company’s industry and what it cares about. Read the company’s vision, its core values, culture, and apply only if these attributes excite you. It’s essential that you’re a quick learner so that you can developed the required skills to perform at the company.

How to find remote jobs

So, if you have what it takes to be a good remote engineer, the question is, how do you find a remote job that you love?

Apply to a company’s remote jobs (via portals or company website)

If you do a quick search on Google, you will see many platforms like WeWorkRemotely, remote.co, and others.

You can start by looking at the skill you want to target and applying on the posts (make sure you research the company before applying). You need to have a great cover letter. Cover letters are a great way to express why you are the best person for the job they posted. A strong cover letter makes you stand out as companies receive 100s of applications.

Which application do you think they are most likely to open first? The one with the cover letter! You can also search for companies which are remote-friendly and apply directly via their websites.

Freelance

Freelancing is also another way to get jobs. Freelance positions offer more flexibility and let you have a better work-life balance. Freelance work also gives you the chance to choose your hourly rate, but you may sacrifice job security, and you might also waste time hunting for your next gig.

Platforms like Turing, guru, Upwork, and freelancers are good places to find remote gigs.

Personal Connections

Twitter is a great place to build relationships with other fellow developers. These connections will help you find your next job. 60% of organizations hire people that are referred by the people already working in their companies. This means the more people you know in the industry, the better chance you will have to get a good job.

Turing.com 

Turing is a unique platform that bridges the gap between a freelance platform and a job portal. It is truly focused on the developer’s well-being, growth, and tools to be successful in working remotely.

Turing is different because:

  1. You do not have to hunt for jobs – Turing will understand your goals and find you a job that you want. 
  2. You get long term work – You will work with a real company as their team member. You get the benefits of the company you are working for under turing. 
  3. You still get the flexibility as you choose your own hours and your rate.
  4. Turing pays you on time – you do not have to follow up with your clients to get paid or depend on a rating system to get jobs. 
  5. Turing handles issues that may arise between you and the client. 

Turing gives developers peace of mind by allowing them to focus on their skills and their job instead of spending time doing administrative work that reduces their productivity.

Working Remotely

Getting a job is only the first step. There is a lot more that you need to do to be successful at your job. 

Communication
Being an effective communicator is the key to being successful at a remote job. Working remotely means you need to make extra efforts to communicate with your manager.

  • Have regular check-ins with your manager (weekly as well as monthly)
  • Have at least 3 hours of time overlap between yours and your team’s work hours. 
  • Make sure you and your manager(and your team) are always on the same page, and that expectations are clearly understood. 

Turing.com actually does a great job improving your communication with your manager. 

Self-driven
You need to be self-driven. The more you have to depend upon another person on the team, the more difficult it will get to be productive in your job. It certainly helps if you are a full-stack engineer, as this allows you to do both the frontend and the backend by yourself – if it is not possible then you must try to separate (but not isolate) your responsibilities.
The more time overlap you have with your team, the more flexible you can be with respect to separating your work responsibilities.

Setup
Having a decent office and workstation setup is very important. You cannot be productive at your work if you have “pebbles” on the race track you are trying to win.

  • Make sure you have a good (and consistent) place to work
  • Your environment should be distraction-free
  • Good camera and microphones to have calls with your team. 
  • A fast computer that can handle your daily workload

Trust
Remote teams are happy and do more if they trust each other. Here is a great article that would do justice to explaining how important trust is in a workplace. https://blog.doist.com/trust-remote-workplace/

With this, I wish you luck finding a great remote company to work at. It can be hard, but rewarding. I trust that turing.com can help you find the next job that you love. 🙂

By Oct 27, 2020
Developers Corner

Things to know to get hired as a Turing Engineer

To help you out, we’ve reached out to some Turing engineers who passed Turing’s tests with exceptionally high marks and are now enjoying their time working with Silicon Valley companies. We asked them to share what they think is most important for a software engineer to know or do before applying to Turing.

If you’re reading this, you’re likely a software developer who is considering applying for Turing.com. You might have just learned about Turing a few minutes ago, or you might have already gotten past the teaser coding problem on Turing’s landing page, created a profile, and are now staring at an extensive list of Turing tests. Either way, you (most likely a high-achieving and high-aspiring software developer) are on the right track. The number of high-profile silicon valley companies that hire  remote software developers through Turing  is increasing each week, and more than 160,000 software developers have signed up for Turing in its first year alone. You’re smart to be jumping on this opportunity now! But, if you’re like most developers, some part of you is likely starting to wonder if you’re sufficiently prepared to dive into the application.

Even the most seasoned software developers can get anxious in the days or hours leading up to a technical interview. So, to help you out, we’ve reached out to some Turing engineers who passed Turing’s tests with exceptionally high marks and are now enjoying a remote software job with top US companies. We asked them to share what they think is most important for a software engineer to know or do before applying to Turing. We even asked the primary designer of the Turing Tests himself, Turing’s VP of Engineering, Zan Doan, (previously an Engineering Manager at Facebook) to give his thoughts. Here is what they said:

1) Sharpen your problem-solving skills

First and foremost, as in any silicon valley technical interview process, Turing engineers are expected to be expert problem solvers, able to manipulate data structures and common algorithms to solve a variety of problems while optimizing for speed and efficiency. Everaldo, a Turing engineer based in Curitiba, Brasil, gave the following advice:

 “Turing applicants should familiarize themselves with sites like HackerRank and Codewars, where they can sharpen their problem-solving skills. They should also study dynamic programming and Big O notation to understand techniques for coding challenges, since, if you implement a naive solution, it will get a lower score or might timeout if the solution is quadratic or exponential.”

Everaldo also recommended studying the well-known book “Cracking the Coding Interview” by Gayle McDowell. Not a bad idea considering one can always count on seeing a few Stanford CS students crouched over that “little green CS bible” in the Stanford dining halls during the interview season. Mastering the material there will put you in a position to get the same caliber jobs that many of those same Stanford students are pursuing!

2) Know your tech stacks

One thing that is relatively unique about Turing’s tests is that you have the opportunity to demonstrate mastery in an array of tech stacks with which you’re familiar. Whether you’re a Swift iOS developer, a MongoDB + React + Node.js full-stack developer, a Frontend developer with expertise in Flutter, a Python developer capable of scaling a Django backend, or anything else, you can find corresponding tests on Turing’s platform. Dhyey, a Turing engineer based in Ahmedabad, India, says, “Make sure to take and pass as many tech stack tests as possible. Proving you have a range of skills will make you eligible for multiple roles and increase your chances of getting hired.”

Doing well on these specific tech stack tests might require a little review before you jump into them. Zech, a Turing engineer, based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, recommends you do the following:

 “Take a little time to lightly review anything about that particular technology or language you’re not very familiar with because the tests tend to assess your knowledge about it from end to end. Of course, this doesn’t mean you should dive into a full-on ‘study for exam mode’ but just refresh your knowledge of a few things. If you’ve used a language/technology professionally for some time, you should pass the test without much problem.”

3) Showcase your technical experience

Investing time into filling out all the details of your profile and past experiences may be a hassle, but it will give you an edge over other vetted candidates. Dhyey emphasizes this point saying, “since the process is highly competitive and there is very little human interaction, it is very crucial for your profile to accurately reflect your ability for you to get picked over other vetted candidates.”

If that alone doesn’t convince you of the importance of highlighting your past accomplishments, projects, and experiences, this is the area that Zan Doan, the primary designer of the Turing Tests, also believes is most important. He says: 

“The word I would use to describe the best Turing developers is ‘hands-on.’ Turing jobs often require developers to adapt to a startup environment and make an impact quickly. Because of this, Turing tests not only ask the candidates questions about their general work experience but also hands-on questions about detailed implementations.”

Showcasing your ability to excel in a hands-on environment by taking care to describe your past technical experiences in your profile accurately will prime you for success on Turing.

4) Finally, prepare your workspace for success.

The Turing application process is similar to any technical interview, with the added caveat that the online tests (and later on, the possible interview) are all done remotely, meaning you’re in charge of preparing your space. 

On this point, Zech recommends, “make sure you’re in a relaxed environment with little to no distractions. You’ll need to have a working and stable internet connection, especially since you can’t retake an exam within three months in the event you fail.”

Similarly, if you qualify for an interview, Everaldo says, “it’s just like a regular interview: be ready, on time, dress code, be polite, and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Also, it helps to have a good setup for the interview. Have a strong Internet connection, headset, mic, and test the setup before the meeting.

And that’s about it! If you feel well-enough prepared in the above four areas, you should have no problem feeling confident clicking “start” to begin taking Turing’s tests or signing into a remote Turing interview. Silicon Valley opportunities are at your doorstep. The most beautiful thing about Turing’s application process is its hyper-focus on finding talent. We believe talent can be found anywhere and can be of all races and genders. And if, by chance, you’re not successful in your first shot at applying to Turing, a computer science education has become so democratized that we’re confident you can study up, come back, and succeed another day.  Remember, at Turing, we know that not only is talent universal, but opportunity as well.

Ready to get started? Apply to Turing’s remote software developer jobs now

By Sep 17, 2020
COVID-19

The Post-COVID-19 Workplace

Since the COVID-19 outbreak began in early spring of 2020, Few aspects of life have changed more than the workplace. A recent Stanford study reported that upwards of 42% of Americans are now working from home full-time (compared to just 7% pre-COVID-19).

Since the COVID-19 outbreak began in early spring of 2020, Few aspects of life have changed more than the workplace. A recent Stanford study reported that upwards of 42% of Americans are now working from home full-time (compared to just 7% pre-COVID-19).

Pressed suits and business trips have given way to Zoom calls made from the kitchen counter, and growing collections of drawstring pants. With more and more companies making increasingly long-term shifts to remote work, it leaves us wondering, what will the new ‘normal’ workplace entail?

Earlier this month, the BBC Visual and Data Journalism Team released a stunning rendition of a typical work day in the post-COVID-19 workplace. While many of their proposed changes to the workplace will come as obvious adaptations, some of their predictions may surprise you.

Architecture

The demand for large-scale office spaces is already dwindling, according to Hugh Pearman of the Royal Institute of British Architects. In their place, Pearman argues, will rise specially designed workplaces removed from bustling city centers.

Such workplaces will be smaller, and carefully designed to facilitate in-person meetings; which will likely only be held for collaboration and brainstorming with colleagues. Long-gone are the full work days of tapping away at a keyboard (you can do that from home).

“Touchless Technologies”

Additionally, new buildings will likely employ “touchless technologies” that take advantage of data science, face activation, and voice recognition. Furthermore, air conditioning may be equipped with UV lights to kill bacteria and viruses. Antimicrobial metals such as copper will be used in high-touch areas.

“The Shift Away from the City”

Pearman goes on to point to historical precedents of health concerns driving large scale infrastructure changes. It was concern of disease and air pollution in the late 19th and early 20th centuries that triggered population movements away from city centers into new and growing suburban areas.

“The Death of the City”, as a recent Politico article called it, blames COVID-19-induced telecommuting as the root cause of the urban flight taking place across the developed world. When employees realize they can work from anywhere, the lucky ones pick up and move for greener pastures.

“Making the Home Work”

With more people completing a greater portion of their jobs from home, the very idea of “home” is bound to shift as well. UK architect Grace Choi has already experienced these new demands, with more and more requests being made to incorporate home offices and work studios into new constructions.

According to Choi, “we’re all going to need to configure our space in a more intelligent way” as we adjust to a world of remote work structures.

We will all be adjusting in the months (and years) to come as we become hybrid workers – sometimes at home, sometimes at the office. One thing’s for sure however, remote work is here to stay.

By Aug 17, 2020
Hiring developers

With these companies leading the shift to remote work, Turing engineers are well-positioned to excel.

With at least half of the American workforce working from home, remote work is the new normal. And, as major company after major company announces their plans to extend remote work policies for the long term, it’s looking like this new normal won’t be ending any time soon.

It’s almost stopped being a surprise anymore. As each new announcement comes in of work-from-home policies being extended later and later than previously planned, most of us have stopped questioning, wondering, or even worrying. If anything, we find ourselves signing into our next scheduled Zoom meeting a little relieved. “Why would I even want to go back to the office?”

With at least half of the American workforce working from home, remote work is the new normal. And, as major company after major company announces their plans to extend remote work policies for the long term, it’s looking like this new normal won’t be ending any time soon. Here’s the break down:

Twitter

In many respects, Twitter was the trendsetter that made a more all-in approach to remote work “cool.” It was back in early May when Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey sent an email to all Twitter employees saying that they can continue working for home for as long as they see fit. That means remote work at Twitter can continue for as long as…forever. A spokesperson for Twitter revealed that this decision stemmed from Twitter’s “emphasis on decentralization and supporting a distributed workforce capable of working from anywhere.”

Square

Jack Dorsey is also CEO of Square, which is why the mobile payments company was quick to echo Twitter’s earlier announcement and make work from home a permanent option. And yes, they did use the word permanent.

Facebook

Just last week, Facebook announced its decision to extend the work-from-home option to July 2021. Although this policy change was largely driven by ongoing COVID concerns, in a live-stream posted to his Facebook page, Mark Zuckerberg revealed that he is also catching on to the larger vision of the future of work: “When you limit hiring to people who live in a small number of big cities, or who are willing to move there, that cuts out a lot of people who live in different communities, have different backgrounds, have different perspectives” It’s clear that Zuckerburg has seen the potential of remote work to advance opportunities for talent around the world. To his staff, he pitched the idea as a way of creating “more broad-based economic prosperity.” With this vision for the future, Zuckerberg has announced that it is going to “aggressively” ramp up the hiring of remote workers. The Facebook CEO now predicts that 50% of the company’s employees could be working remotely in the next 5 to 10 years.

Google

At about the same time as Facebook, Google also announced that its employees will have the option to continue working from home until at least July 2021. With concerns for how the COVID pandemic will impact families (especially given the possibility of having to provide home-schooling for children) Google CEO Sundar Pichai wrote to his employees that he hopes the remote work policy “will offer the flexibility you need to balance work with taking care of yourselves and your loved ones over the next 12 months.”

Shopify

Back in May, Shopify joined Twitter in giving its employees the option to continue working from home indefinitely. Shopify CEO Tobi Lutke is also looking beyond the current COVID concerns and seeing the vision for the future of work. In a tweet, he explained that “COVID is challenging us all to work together in new ways. We choose to jump in the driver’s seat, instead of being passengers to the changes ahead. We cannot go back to the way things were. This isn’t a choice; this is the future.” What is this new future? Lutke made it very clear: “Office centricity is over”

What this means
With such large and influential tech companies like these transitioning to more permanent remote-work policies, it has never been a better time to be a Turing engineer. Opportunity is spreading across the globe. Silicon Valley is growing and Turing engineers are uniquely positioned to ride the wave of remote work jobs that is already here (with more coming). Like Zuckerberg’s sentiment, it’s time to stop cutting off the many brilliant and talented engineers who live in “different communities, have different backgrounds, and different perspectives.”

By Aug 13, 2020
BoundarylessEnterprise

Will Work Remain Remote Post COVID-19?

The world has changed. In December of 2019, you wouldn’t have been willing to bet that by April of 2020, we’d be doing every technical job in the US from our homes. Yet here we are as the world’s biggest-ever experiment in remote work enters its second full month. Perhaps the biggest surprise of all is that for most companies, even those with little or no remote work experience, things have been going pretty well.

The world has changed. In December of 2019, you wouldn’t have been willing to bet that by April of 2020, we’d be doing every technical job in the US from our homes.

Yet here we are as the world’s biggest-ever experiment in remote work enters its second full month. Perhaps the biggest surprise of all is that for most companies, even those with little or no remote work experience, things have been going pretty well.

So well, that Benedict Evans, the author of this remarkable newsletter (If you haven’t signed up, you should.) felt that now was an opportune time to reprise a wry truism and ask some excellent questions about it.

Benedict Evans Tweets about Remote Work

But then, he goes on to say:
“And in parallel, for years people wondered if the exploding cost of living and declining quality of life in Silicon Valley would force companies to start moving out . When would ‘are you driven enough to live here?’ be overtaken by ‘I can’t live here no matter what’?

“And now, we’ll find out. How many Silicon Valley companies will come out of months of forced remote work and decide that actually, they don’t need to pay SV office rents, and they don’t need to pay salaries to support housing costs 50% higher than London or NYC?

“So, this could be a catalyst for an acceleration in the global diffusion of software companies. /fin”

Or to put it more simply, as a result of coronavirus, has “remote work” become merely “work”? A lot of smart people seem to think so.

Below, Rich Barton, the co-founder of Zillow, announcing via Twitter that his entire team will be able to keep working from home for many months. He’s one among many Silicon Valley leaders that have come to agree that the benefits of remote work often exceed the drawbacks, even when you take the current pandemic out of the equation.

Rich Barton on Twitter Today we let our team know they have flexibility to work from home (or anywhere) through the end o… 2020-04-29 14-48-00.
Meanwhile, Jason Aten writes that even the behemoth, Microsoft, believes that remote work isn’t going to disappear once we emerge from the current situation.

Investors, many that used to believe that every key person needed to work from the same location, have altered their beliefs in today’s new reality.

This tweet from investor Jeff Morris is a great example:

As I type this, a number of companies are collecting data to learn just how far along the curve we are from remote work as a novelty to remote work becoming the way most of us work going forward.

We’re trying to find out how productivity has changed with most employees working remotely. We want to know whether people feel that remote work has improved or reduced their quality of life. We hope to get an idea of the annual savings companies expect to realize by eliminating the cost of maintaining some of the most expensive office space on earth, and we’ve been monitoring the shift in total payroll expense as a result of companies leveraging remote talent in geo-arbitrage regions.

While we don’t have answers yet, we have some clear sentiment. Many people won’t go back to the office. Some will appreciate the option to work where they please. CEOs believe they can radically reduce real-estate and salary costs without sacrificing much, if anything, in the performance of their teams.

At Turing, March was the company’s biggest month ever. Demand for skilled, remote-ready engineers has never been higher. And all of a sudden, companies that were remote-reticent have become believers.

While many uncertainties are staring us in the face, one thing is relatively sure; right now is not a great time to be a commercial realtor in Silicon Valley.

By Apr 30, 2020
COVID-19

Helping Amazing Engineers Get Back to Work Quickly

Please enjoy this replay of Turing CEO and Co-Founder, Jonathan Siddharth, as he speaks to the shockwaves rippling through the technology community as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Helping Companies and Engineers During this Crisis

Please enjoy this replay of Turing CEO and Co-Founder, Jonathan Siddharth, as he speaks to the shockwaves rippling through the technology community as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Says Jonathan; “We are living in unprecedented times. A lot of people are about to be negatively impacted by all the changes in our economy. I’m sure you’ve already heard of layoffs at many companies or companies planning to do layoffs.”

“Unfortunately, our country and the world are going to go through a very painful rebuilding process. Many companies that were not fundamentally as strong are going to go through layoffs where amazing, talented developers are going to be let go.”

“We think information workers, knowledge workers, and software engineers are likely to be disproportionately impacted in the US, and many other places.”

“We want to do our part too. Turing has always been committed to finding the world’s best developer talent, through our automated vetting engine and matching them with the world’s best companies.”

To hear the rest of Jonathan’s thoughts and how Turing can help, watch the full Periscope above.

By Apr 6, 2020
COVID-19

A Collection of the Best Guides for the Suddenly Remote in the Time of COVID-19

At Turing, we’ve been focused on remote work for years. To help you out during the COVID-19 crisis, we’ve begun curating the best and most in-depth guides to help you navigate this new and confusing reality.

With so much information out there right now for the Suddenly-Remote, it can be hard to know where to turn or which information is reliable.

At Turing, we’ve been focused on remote work for years. To help you out during the COVID-19 crisis, we’ve begun curating the best and most in-depth guides to help you navigate this new and confusing reality.

We will continue to add to and update this list as additional high-quality information becomes available. Keep in mind that the majority of these guides were written for the immediate application of remote-work basics. They are not intended to provide the detailed information, skills, and best practices required for sustainable remote work or for new companies that are adopting a remote-first paradigm from day one.

With that in mind, here are our initial picks for the best guides to help you and your company deal with the need to go Suddenly-Remote during this very challenging moment in time.

GitLab’s Guide To Remote Work

https://about.gitlab.com/company/culture/all-remote/

Gitlab is the world’s largest all-remote team. They know what they are talking about. Gitlab’s guide is one of the most detailed guides out there and includes the company’s “Remote Manifesto.” They cover:

  • How & Why
  • Getting Started
  • People & Values
  • Management
  • Hiring & Learning

You can jump into the sections that are most relevant to you and your team and share the link with others throughout your organization to help get them up to speed on all things remote.

Zapier’s guide to working remotely

https://zapier.com/learn/remote-work/

Here is another remote working heavy hitter. Zapier is 100% distributed, with over 300 employees spread across 17 countries.

The Zapier guide includes an AMA for those new to remote, which is available at the start of the page. This guide consists of the following seven areas:

  • Automation for remote work
  • Teamwork on a remote team 
  • Remote work for managers 
  • Remote work for employees 
  • Remote workspaces 
  • Remote work tools
  • The state of remote work

Zapier has also added a recommended reading list. Their guide is downloadable as a file for ease of sharing.

Remote Work Guides from Twist

https://twist.com/remote-work-guides

Twist is a communication app from the wonderful people at Doist. Doist is a remote company with 68 team members spread across 25 countries.

Their guide is a collection of various remote working guides curated in once place. The guides available are as follows:

  • The Future of Work: The Guide to Remote Work
  • Remote Setup: The Remote Guide to Logistics
  • Remote Projects 101: The Remote Guide to Project Management
  • Scaling Your Remote Team: The Remote Guide to Hiring
  • Leading Distributed: The Remote Guide to Management
  • The Art of Async: The Remote Guide to Team Communication
  • Designing Without Whiteboards: The Remote Guide to Product Design

There is a great depth of information here, including thoughts from various remote work experts throughout the guide.

The ultimate guide to remote work from Miro

https://miro.com/guides/remote-work/

Miro believes in helping teams to collaborate. Their remote work guide covers:

  • Introduction to Remote Work & Collaboration
  • Is Remote Work as Great as it Sounds?
  • The Most Important Remote Work Statistics
  • Guide to Hiring Remote Employees
  • How to Onboard Remote Employees
  • Building Remote Work Culture & Why It’s So Important
  • How to Manage a Remote Team
  • Engage Your Remote Team to Keep Productivity High
  • Complete Guide to Remote Team Meetings
  • 15 Best Team Building Activities & Games for Remote Workers

Remote Work GuideThe beginner’s guide to working remotely from Recamov

https://recamov.com/blog/remote-working-tips-for-beginners

Recamov, which stands for Remote Career Move, functions as a job board. The Recamov beginner’s guide to remote work touches upon the following points:

  • Remote Communication
  • Tech-Readiness
  • Workspace Set-Up
  • Peers and Community
  • Work Style
  • Work-Life Balance
  • Making To-Do Lists
  • Managing Expectations
  • Working in Sprints
  • Me-Time

But what if you need more than a guide? The extraordinary team at Slack has you covered there, too. Simply click this link: https://calendly.com/slack-customer-experience/remote-consult?month=2020-03 to schedule a remote team consultation.

As more quality information is released, we’ll be updating this meta-guide to help you easily find the best resources from one centralized location.

By Mar 19, 2020
COVID-19

Remote Now! A Quick Guide to Remote Work Best Practices

In a world where so many are going suddenly remote there are things we can learn from those who have been working outside a traditional office. While there are differences in circumstances, job types and personalities, there are also many commonalities for those of us working remotely.   Here is an outline of some best practices to help you, and your team, make the most of remote work. 

Note: This is the second part in our series on Remote Now, a primer for employees and companies that have been forced to become suddenly remote due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Stay tuned for additional posts over the next few days!

In a world where so many are going suddenly remote there are things we can learn from those who have been working outside a traditional office.

While there are differences in circumstances, job types and personalities, there are also many commonalities for those of us working remotely.  

Here is an outline of some best practices to help you, and your team, make the most of remote work. 

We will cover:

  • Communication
  • Social interactions
  • Trust
  • Online etiquette
  • Remote work boundaries

Over Communication is Key

Quick Wins:

  • Have agreed communication processes & schedules
  • Embrace the remote way of communicating
  • Use video in meetings
  • Batch communications where appropriate
  • Edit and review messages before you send them
  • Over communicate = assume nothing – give context and give some more
  • Strong documentation as a rule 

This is the number one challenge for most people going remote.  When working in an office we become accustomed to being able to “swing by” someone’s desk to ask a question.  Communication in a remote role forces us to be more deliberate and think ahead of time what we might need when we send a message to a colleague.

It also forces us to not “scratch the itch” straight away.  You might like an answer from your colleague straight away, but if you are using asynchronous communication then you need to get comfortable with waiting for a response.  But having agreed times that people respond by will help the team to know, and meet, expectation.

And batching communications will help you develop better communications hygiene.  Don’t send off a message every time you have a query, put them into one post and edit and review before sending.  Ask if you could make your message clearer, or do you need this level of information?

Documentation is a huge part of keeping your team and projects moving forward.  Make sure to prioritize good documentation and agree on formats and processes for keeping documents up to date, while ensuring version protection and data security.



Quick definition: Synchronous = real time e.g. phone or video call  vs. Asynchronous Communication = you send the information not expecting it to be picked up straight away e.g. email, messages via Slack.

Social Beings and Trust

Quick Wins:

  • Schedule social time with the team
  • Have the trust talk with team members
  • Set expectations around check-ins
  • Encourage two sided feedback
  • Ensure team members feel supported
  • Build serendipity into the team

We are social creatures which helps us to create bonds, growing trust and improving communication and collaboration as trust is developed.  Without social interactions this can be greatly slowed down on a remote team. Build some serendipity into how the team interacts, using tools like Donut via Slack helps to bring some randomness into team interactions and encourage the creativity and the social strengthening that happens in unstructured situations.

Therefore making social interactions part of your work week is hugely important.  Make time in your daily standup to include time to chat about life in general, while it might feel like a “waste of time” there and then, it is actuallys an investment in improving the team’s effectiveness in the long run.

Schedule in virtual chats, run ice-breakers and when appropriate, organise in person meetups to help your team to bond.

Managers should start open conversations with team members to ensure they feel trusted within their work.  As a manager you may need to “check-in” on a team member, but make sure it’s clear that you’re not “checking up on them”, this can feel like unnecessary monitoring.  Build clear expectations around when check-ins happen at the team and individual level. Schedule them in, use a format like a daily stand-up to help everyone know where they are on a project, what their next steps are and how they are progressing so far.  For individual check-in, ensure that team members know that these are about finding out if they are enjoying their work and feel supported. Make it about you both sharing information and have equal sharing of feedback.

Key to all of this is trust, it can be hard to help people new to remote work to feel like they are trusted.  This is vital in helping that person to flourish in a remote role and should be a core part of the management team’s goals.  Having the conversation about trust helps, also recognising someone when their work is good is very important.

Online Etiquette and Boundaries

Quick Wins:

  • Use video for conference calls
  • Use an agenda
  • Everyone is remote for the meeting
  • Either set specific “office hours” or a set cut off point for work
  • Create rituals to help you start and end the day

Because of the nature of many of the tools we are using we need to be extra deliberate about how we an online meeting.  It is much easier to mistakenly speak over someone in a video conference call than in a physical meeting room. Create habits that help to ensure people are engaged and feel involved.

If you have a hybrid team and are running a conference call, treat everyone as if they are remote.  Having some team members in a room, while your remote colleagues are struggling to hear the conversation happening on site isn’t good meeting etiquette.  Have all team members at their desks and dialling in as if they are also remote. This helps to level the field for communication and gives the in office team members a clearer understanding of what is good practice for an online meeting.

And finally boundaries.  These are important to ensure people don’t burn out.  A struggle for many remote workers is continuing to work late into the evening, or working through lunch.  This becomes a matter of diminishing returns, you are no longer as effective and it can take days to come back from burnout.  Agree a set hours of work where possible, and suitable, or set yourself certain boundaries like “I don’t work after 8pm on a week day” will help to avoid burn out.  It also helps you not needing to wonder if you are ok, or if you could fit in another hour, which is one more decision you would need to make. 

The issue is often being able to switch off after a days work.  You might have just hit on an amazing idea but now it’s “home time”, using rituals to finish (and start) your day helps you to get into the right mindset and wind down from your work brain.  Things like taking a walk outside, listening to a certain type of music, exercise or scheduling a call or coffee with a friend or family member can help to draw the lines around your work.

We all find our own ways of working and are always learning from each other.  We’d love to hear what works well for you and your team. Find us on Twitter and let us know your remote working best practices!

By Mar 16, 2020
BoundarylessEnterprise

Ashu Garg is Bullish On Boundaryless Teams as the Future of Work

Ashu is equally bullish on the role that remote, distributed teams will play in the future of work. Join us and learn why Ashu likens the Bay Area today to Florence during the renaissance, why the world is flat, and why the companies he believes in incorporate boundaryless teams in their plan from the start.

In today’s episode of our podcast, we meet Ashu Garg, General Partner at Foundation Capital.

Ashu loves puzzles and making bold predictions, including the prediction he made in 1998 that the IT Services Industry would grow by 100x in the next ten years. A decade on, that projection proved prescient.

Today, Ashu is equally bullish on the role that remote, distributed teams will play in the future of work. Join us and learn why Ashu likens the Bay Area today to Florence during the renaissance, why the world is flat, and why the companies he believes in incorporate boundaryless teams in their plan from the start.

By Feb 10, 2020
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How to Become a Remote Developer | Turing Jobs

My goal with this post is to tell you how to prepare yourself to get your first serious remote gig.

Are you thinking of becoming a remote developer and working for a leading company – hopefully, one based in Silicon Valley – but you don’t live in the US and haven’t been able to secure a visa? Don’t despair. More and more of the latest Valley startups have discovered that there’s a ton of talent offshore. This means that today might just be the best time in history to become a remote developer.

As someone who’s been working remotely for about as long as it’s been possible, my goal with this post is to tell you how to prepare yourself to get your first serious remote gig. Today, I work for a company called Turing.com that places developers with opportunities all over the globe. We have some of the most advanced developer testing and vetting of any company globally. What I’m about to share with you are vital insights I’ve developed first, as a person that’s gone through Turing’s testing and vetting process as well as someone that now works on making that process even more challenging and better.

But first, let’s answer some of those burning questions you may have about software development and working remotely.

What is a remote software developer?

A remote software developer carries out the same tasks and duties that a non-remote software developer would. He or she surveys a particular customer’s unique needs and then builds, tests, and improves upon software to help meet those needs. The most notable difference between the two is that a remote software engineer performs their duties from the comfort of their own home, while a non-remote developer does so from an office. 

Given the remote nature of their job, it’s typical for such developers to face little to no micro-management and hand-holding in their day-to-day tasks. Going remote also gives developers another important perk: more control over how they spend valuable time. Since this eliminates their daily commute to and fro work, developers can spend their free time as they see fit.

Can you work remotely as a software developer?

Yes! Software development is a highly flexible career choice. To work remotely as a software developer, all you’d need is a high-speed internet connection and a decent computer or laptop. Today, more programmers are working from home than ever before. A recent Stack Overflow survey revealed that nearly half of the participating developers worked remotely at least partly. A majority of these developers were regular, full-time employees.

Undoubtedly, remote working is becoming increasingly popular among software developers because of its many perks. Remote work opens up a world of possibilities for developers, including better salaries than local standards, less commuting time, and a healthier work-life balance. 

How much do remote developers make?

It’s no secret that remote workers often make more than non-remote workers do. In general, remote employees earn 7.5% more than non-remote employees who have the same amount of experience and perform the same job. Further, an uncontrolled group study found that remote workers in the technical field earn 39.4% more than non-remote workers, while a controlled study found that they make 3.1% more. 

Is it hard to get a remote programming job?

Getting a remote programming job is decidedly not easy. But, fortunately for developers, in today’s day and age, opportunities are opening up by the dozen. Web development, for instance, ranked in the top 15 on FlexJobs’ list of the most common remote roles. Engineering as a whole ranked 2nd. It’s clear, then, that remote programmers are in demand.

Additionally, platforms like Turing are now making it simpler for developers to find the best remote programming jobs. For instance, developers can score Turing jobs that are full-time and long-term. After you’ve completed your long-term engagement with a customer, Turing seamlessly rematches you with another company. Once you become a Turing developer, you never have to apply for another job again.

Are coding jobs stressful? 

Coding jobs are as stressful as any job. But the bottom line is, they don’t have to be. Working remotely as a coder could reduce stress levels by a great deal. Studies have demonstrated that remote work (or flexible work) lowers levels of work-related stress and helps employees prioritize their health and wellness. What’s more, it also helps boost morale among workers! 

Which coding skills should I have on my resume? 

If you’re looking to grow your skill-set, take inspiration from the list of most popular Turing software jobs to learn what companies are looking and hiring for. React-based developer jobs top the list of the most in-demand roles, followed closely by Python jobs. Roles that require developers with a firm grasp of React and Node are also particularly popular. Ruby on Rails, iOS/Swift, and Java jobs round off the top 6 most wanted skills. 

Is coding still relevant in 2025?

Yes! In 2020, even during a global pandemic, the worldwide software developer population continued to grow by a staggering 500,000, reaching a total of 24.5 million! If current trends are anything to go by, coding will remain a popular and relevant role in 2025 and beyond. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has forecasted a 30.7% growth in employment for software developers in the US between 2016 and 2026. This translates into 255,400 jobs opening up in the US alone. 

How do I get a job as a remote developer?

Like I mentioned earlier, scoring a job as a remote developer is getting simpler by the minute. Through Turing.com, Silicon Valley and US-based companies hire for several remote roles. While only the top 1% of developers make it past Turing’s Silicon Valley-rivalling vetting process, there are ways you can dramatically increase your chances of becoming a Turing remote developer. I outline some of them below. 

First Things First, Be Prepared to Show Your Work

If you’re a developer applying right now, make sure that you’ve got a portfolio of some work you’ve done before. It could be code you’ve submitted to GitHub. It could be some art design work. Perhaps some websites you’ve developed or applications on the App Store.

Being able to showcase completed work is an excellent thing. When evaluating candidates who have passed our tests, we look at prior work. Additionally, many Turing customers want to see examples of the work a potential match has completed. 

The other thing that can help you stand out is a good CV. But be careful! Attention to detail is critical. Ensure there are no errors in any documents you share to showcase your skill. Nothing will shoot you in the foot the way an obvious mistake can. Believe me; I’ve seen so many people with errors in their CVs. To me, it’s a red flag if someone submits such an essential document with mistakes. It says you’re careless and don’t take the time to check your work. So, no errors on CVs!

It’s also essential to have relevant information included in your portfolio. If you say that you have a particular skill, make sure that there’s a related project where you have actually used that skill. You’d be surprised at how often someone will say they are proficient at coding in a particular language but then don’t provide a single example of their work in that discipline. If you say you’re good at something, impress me by showing me a sample of your great work!

Another critical skill for someone who wants to work for a high-profile US company remotely is strong English. I know many people are not native English speakers, so it’s always good to make sure that your English is concise. If this is a weakness, don’t ignore it. Do whatever it takes to make sure that you understand English very well and that you’re proficient in communicating in English, too. It’s the language your team is going to use, it’s the language you’ll be using to comment your code, and it’s probably the language of the people that will be using the product you want to help build. It’s easy to think people will overlook weak English skills. Still, if two candidates have the same experience and have performed equally well on the automated tests, the one with better English skills will perform more strongly in a live technical screening.

How to Ace Your Automated Testing

The key to an excellent performance on automated testing is to be very well prepared.

Ensure, for example, that if your area of expertise is Python, you have prepared yourself in terms of the coverage of the topics in Python.

Be sure you’re prepared to cover that language end to end because the questions will try to test your coverage. The exam will cover your in-depth knowledge as well. If it’s algorithms and data structures you work on, be sure you know everything from the most basic concepts to graphing algorithms and runtime complexity.

How Long Turing’s Automated Testing Should Take a Skilled Developer

For a skilled individual, I estimate that our current automated testing will take about eight hours. So, maybe a day. But of course, you may not want to put all that pressure on yourself to finish everything in one day. My recommendation is to allocate two hours per day and give yourself roughly a week to do just about all the MCQs in the qualifying exams.

Technical Exams – Where You’ll Sink or Swim

Just like with the automated MCQs, your performance during the technical Turing interview will come down to how well you’ve prepared yourself. During a technical screen, we want to understand your in-depth knowledge. We also try to validate your performance on the MCQs and understand if you have good working knowledge of design patterns.

You must know everything from the basics to some really advanced techniques for whatever programming language you use. And since we only pass the top 1% of developers, you need to be prepared to talk about the projects you’ve worked on in a bit of detail.

You also need to be able to answer system design questions. System design questions are essential for a screener to understand how you are able to visualize a product from an architectural point of view. You should also be able to go deeper, all the way to the code, and even up to how you’ll deploy the project. So, you need to be prepared to discuss end-to-end software development.

For example, if you are a Python Django developer, you should be prepared to answer any questions relating to that language in depth. It’s also good if you’re capable of answering questions about system design and planning.

Where Developers Get Tripped Up in the Technical Screen

During a technical screening, most people are not prepared to go into detail on algorithms and data structures. Again, it comes back to preparation. We often have people complain that they don’t need to know this stuff for the work they do but being competent with both algorithms and data structures is very important for high-level work. Another thing I see a lot of candidates struggle with is when we ask them to explain various concepts in English. I’ll emphasize again, having strong English communication skills is vital to ensure placement with top-tier US opportunities.

Final Words of Advice

To wrap up this post, I want to emphasize a couple of the key points I’ve made above. In Silicon Valley, it’s very competitive to find good work. If you’re trying to get into this market as a remote engineer, you have to be truly exceptional. The Turing developer tests are designed to filter out all but the best candidates.

If you’re serious about securing one of these most in-demand positions, my advice is as follows:

  • Preparation is critical. If you have a weakness, work to improve it
  • Don’t underestimate the importance of understanding algorithms and data structures because if you do, you’ll fail the MCQs or the technical screen
  • Make sure your ability to communicate in English is up to the task. If it’s not, take action to improve it
  • Be sure to have a portfolio that includes projects related to the languages you claim to know
  • Polish your CV. Scrub it of mistakes because if you don’t, we’ll notice them and that will hurt your chances

Next Time

In my next post, I’ll be talking about what you should expect once you’ve passed the MCQ and technical screens, how candidates are matched with opportunities, and what you should do to ensure that your onboarding process goes as smoothly and quickly as possible.

 

By Feb 5, 2020
BoundarylessEnterprise

The #Boundaryless Remote Distributed Teams Podcast with Murray Newlands:

In today’s episode of our podcast, we meet Jonathan Siddharth, CEO and Co-Founder of Turing. Jonathan built his last successful company, Rover, using remote, distributed teams. His new company, Turing, is based upon the idea that talent is global, while opportunities are not. Please tune in to discover how to hire remote employees and what it takes to build your company with a fully distributed team.

The #Boundaryless Remote Distributed Teams Podcast with Murray Newlands:

In today’s episode of our podcast, we meet Jonathan Siddharth, CEO and Co-Founder of Turing. Jonathan built his last successful company, Rover, using remote, distributed teams. His new company, Turing, is based upon the idea that talent is global, while opportunities are not. Please tune in to discover how to hire remote employees and what it takes to build your company with a fully distributed team.

About the Boundaryless Remote Distributed Teams Podcast:

The world has changed. In the past, companies were built with locally-hired teams, operating out of the same office. But today, entrenched competition, brutal commutes, exorbitant real-estate prices and more global distribution of talent have upended this practice. Now, billion-dollar companies are now created with teams working remotely and distributed all around the world. Creating #boundaryless companies is hard but we will give you the tools to succeed.

By Feb 4, 2020