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Importance Of Adapting To Remote Working, Dynamic Shifts In Hiring & Much More: In Conversation With Corinne Babel

Many might think that remote working is not just inefficient but also inadept at bringing teams together and driving productivity.

But in reality, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Businesses that have turned to a remote-first working model have seen amplified growth and Corrine Babel’s Launch Member is a testament to the same.

Let’s hear what she has to say on all of it!

IT Expert John-Erickson

About Corinne Babel:

Corinne Babel is VP of Partnerships and a founding team member at Launch Academy. She’s helped grow the company from its initial startup days to a nationally recognized coding education provider. Her focus is now on expanding Launch’s reach to private training and consulting services.

Let’s quickly get to our expert’s point of view:

1. What trends do you see coming up in the software industry?

The future is going to be all about flexibility. Employers who want to remain competitive for top talent not only need to embrace remote work, they need to embrace flexible scheduling. Allowing your team to incorporate “off-peak” focus times or forgo a long commute allows them to spend more time with family, learning a new hobby, or relaxing – all of which lead to better well being.

2. With the software industry right now, What change do you see sticking?

Perhaps a comment on remote work and distributed teams.

  • Remote work is here to stay. Hiring managers should make every effort to ensure their teams have the tools and resources they need to be successful in a remote environment. From setting clear communication policies to leveraging technology to stay organized, a thoughtful remote work policy will ensure everyone is moving toward the same goals together.
  • While distributed teams may take more effort to coordinate, the advantages far outweigh the potential inconvenience. Employers have access to a world of experts who would otherwise be out of reach and employees are no longer tied to a specific geographical area.

Perhaps a comment on hiring shifts

  • It’s a job-seekers market so employers need to find ways to stand out. One of the complaints I hear over and over from hiring managers is that they lose good candidates to other offers during the interview process. However, if you’re urgently trying to fill roles but have a nine-step interview process, you’re going to lose out! Figure out how to effectively interview for key skills and be mindful of the amount of time you’re asking for from the candidate and your team.

Perhaps a comment on attrition and paradigm-changing aspects around it.

  • A lot of this boils down to keeping your employees engaged and feeling like they’re continuing to grow in our new, remote-first world. Finding ways to connect as a team in a digital environment will keep employees feeling like they’re still part of a team even though they aren’t in the same room. Managers will need to intentionally engage with their employees when remote to build and nurture those connections. These engagements shouldn’t be about productivity as much as it’s about professional growth, well being, and letting employees know that they’re supported.

3. As per your long experience in the IT industry, what is the biggest challenge you face as per team management?

Launch Academy has always had a strong culture but transitioning to a remote-first environment has had its challenges. We have team members on both coasts in the USA and Europe. However, committing to a weekly “Company Update” video call every Friday to share what’s happening in our area of the business and recognize team members who have gone and beyond during the week has helped bring the team together.

Wrapping up:

Remote working, if leveraged as a working model in the right way, can not only be cost-effective and time-saving but also productive and collaborative. With Corinne’s insights on the flexibility and good work-life balance remote working has to offer, we’re sure no company would want to miss out on trying out remote working.

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