You Know the Cliche: Communication Is Key
Whether you’re a startup or a Fortune 500 company, reducing operational and management costs is crucial to your organization’s profitability.
To do this, you might consider working with a staff augmentation partner. However, while seeking tech talent offshore has its obvious advantages, partnering with the wrong provider can present some hurdles.
To ensure a seamless integration, you need to choose a staff augmentation provider with cultural compatibility.
Communication Obstacles to Consider
Today, you can hire an exceptional IT workforce from anywhere in the world, with developers typically hailing from Eastern Europe, South Asia, and Latin America, where service rates are attractive.
Because of this, staff augmentation comes with many lucrative benefits. The most notable? You get an equal or higher level of talent for a lower price.
While this may seem like a big enough win to get you to sign on the dotted line, there are a few factors you must consider before committing to a staff augmentation provider:
According to the Economist Intelligence Unit, up to 64% of businesses believe that language barriers hinder their progress towards international expansion.
Unless your offshore developers have a honed command of English (or any other language your in-house team uses to communicate), internal communications can become challenging. A good staff augmentation company will staff you with developers who communicate in your language of choice.
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Communication often goes beyond just speaking the same language. For optimal results, you also need to work with people who have a close work ethic and set of values. This is true for both your in-house and augmented teams.
Cultural barriers are a natural concern with outsourcing. Many CEOs understandably fear that work ethic, mentality, traditions, etc., will detract from teamwide production on critical projects.
However, this fear doesn’t have to be your reality.
NZ Labs founders have faced this staff augmentation barrier themselves and strategically chose the IT haven of Belarus to curate their talent pool. Unlike staff augmentation providers based in Asia or South America, outsourcing to Belarus/Western Europe ensures little to no differences in work ethic.
Working Across Different Time Zones
Perhaps the most glaring and unavoidable logistical hurdle is communicating across time zones.
Considering how difficult it can be to navigate the language and cultural barriers with your team overseas and communicate in different time zones –– you might be wondering if the cost savings are worth the stress. While outsourcing to far-flung tech hubs like India and Malaysia means massive time barriers, working with tech specialists in western Europe allows you to have overlap in your workdays.
How NZ Labs Conquers These Obstacles
Sourcing top-level IT talent from NZ Labs gives you an edge over the competition. Here’s how:
We Establish Clear Lines of Communication
We know that clear quality communication is not something any company should compromise. Founder Yury Chetyrko has worked in software development and big data in Belarus and the US for over 20 years. In his tenure, he has gained a deep understanding of the pitfalls companies can make when outsourcing software projects. He also knows how to make the process seamless.
We encourage our clients to meet with Yury as often as possible throughout the implementation process to build an open line of communication between teams. When you choose NZ Labs, there will always be an easy line of communication between your teams.
We Make Ourselves Available
Belarus is seven hours ahead of EST, depending on daylight savings. While you may view this as a considerable obstacle, you can also see it as a great opportunity for your company. Since our team is only seven hours ahead, there will be overlap in your workdays. To put your mind more at ease, our developers don’t strictly work 9-5 days either. This gives you a great opportunity to touch base with your Belarusian team as needed.
The time difference also opens the door for production on your projects for close to 24 hours per day. This will increase response time and efficiency throughout the lifespan of the project.
We Only Work With the Best Talent
The founder mentioned above, Yury Chetyrko, began coding at the age of 9 –– which is standard for many Belaurisan tech minds. In his 20+ years working in the industry, he has invented several patented technologies and worked as a software engineer, software architect, VP of engineering, and more.
With his deep industry knowledge and careful eye for aptitude, Yury has assembled a competitive talent pool. Every augmented employee from NZ Labs is held to the highest standards of work ethic, innovation, and ability –– and if they don’t satisfy your standards, we’ll happily replace them with someone else.
The Bottom Line
Better cross-cultural compatibility ensures better results.
At NZ Labs, our experience in the staff augmentation field allows us to turn common roadblocks into advantages.
Immediate access to extremely high-level IT talent, zero infrastructure investment, and dramatically lower operational costs make NZ Labs an invaluable asset to your company.
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