How Working with a Nearshore Company Can Help You Improve Developer Retention

Written by Santiago Castro
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Your developers are the lifeblood of your organization. They build your software, troubleshoot problems, and generally keep things running smoothly. In fact, most top executives believe that their long-term success relies more on top software developers than on money.

There is good reason for this: Developers have the potential to make a massive impact on the global economy, to the tune of a $3 trillion GDP increase over the next decade. That’s 3 trillion reasons why it pays to retain these highly valuable workers. Here are several ways that nearshore services can help you do that.

Fresh Perspective

Although there are many benefits to in-house teams, they are liable to fall into a variety of unconscious biases and habits that come from seeing the same people in the same environment day after day. Add to that the larger common experience of the same city, commute, and local culture, and you have a recipe for stale thinking.

Not only will nearshore services bring a comparable level of skill to your company, but those teams will also have their own unique worldview and can break free from the groupthink cycle. They may be fully fluent in English and have a deep knowledge and appreciation of American culture, but their life experience will nevertheless be different—and so will their take on any given project or problem. Jobsity’s team of South American programmers brings with it the opinions and experiences of hundreds of millions of Spanish speakers across the world (and potential customers).

Increased Autonomy

Your employees are at their best when they have the freedom to work in their own way. Put 10 developers in a room, and you’ll have 10 ways to complete a task, 10 strategies to solve a problem, and 10 ways to excel. A distributed team structure gives your staff breathing room to work in their own style while remaining connected to your in-house team and the company as a whole.

Flexible Working Hours

This autonomy also extends to when exactly developers are in the office. As long as targets are met and clients are happy, consider relaxing the traditional 9-to-5 workday in favor of flexible schedules that let your staff work at their own peak time, understanding that there will occasionally be the need for all hands to be on deck.

Rest and recuperation are essential, allowing developers to recharge their mental batteries and give you their best when they’re at work. A growing number of companies have adopted flexible vacation policies that allow teams to work out for themselves what’s best for their collective productivity.

The flexibility to see a child’s football playoff or dance recital improves an employee’s quality of life significantly and can boost morale and loyalty. This kind of flexibility appeals to all cultures and genders and is ideal for nearshore services, because your team will already be in multiple locations.

Similar Time Zone

Your top developers want fulfilling work and a competitive salary, but they also need reasonable working hours that don’t require them to be on duty in the middle of the night. A nearshore solution solves that problem by putting developers on your team who share or are close to your time zone. There are many reasons why this is an essential part of retaining top talent:

  • Developers keep a sane work schedule. No 3 a.m. team meetings or other disruptions to their quality of life.
  • They share a common work/life experience. When your lives move in a similar rhythm to your colleagues—eat, sleep, attend your kids' sports competitions—that creates a much stronger bond among your staff.

It’s great when your remote team members align exactly with your schedule, but if they’re an hour or two off, that also creates opportunities. They can get a head start before you hop on in the morning or wrap things up after you head out for the day.

Ready for a Change?

If you have more work than your in-house team can handle but don’t have the time or budget to expand locally, Jobsity can provide nearshore services that give developers a flexible, challenging work environment aligned with your needs and schedule.

Want to learn more? Take a deeper dive with our staff augmentation guide.


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Written by Santiago Castro

With over +16 years of experience in the technology and software industry and +12 of those years at Jobsity, Santi has performed a variety of roles including UX/UI web designer, senior front-end developer, technical project manager, and account manager. Wearing all of these hats has provided him with a wide range of expertise and the ability to manage teams, create solutions, and understand industry needs. At present, he runs the Operations Department at Jobsity, creating a high-level strategy for the company's success and leading a team of more than 400 professionals in their work on major projects.