|Written by Chris Jankulovski|
When forming a team of remote workers for your business, you as a manager or business owner, need to take a lot of matters into consideration.
It will require a great deal of personal involvement, communication and leadership as well as truly understanding how to integrate these outsourced staff and make them a part of your business team.
Start with integration. Outsourcing a task is not the same as outsourcing a job [Tweet this]. When you outsource a task, you can give it to freelancers who work per project and in whom you are only invested in for a limited period of time.
But when you are outsourcing a job, always remember that you are adding someone to your team. They may not be physically present, but that does not mean that they are any less important or should be kept out of the loop in terms of daily operations and long-term planning.
This will also mean a greater deal of involvement from your end. During the recruitment stage,you will need to conduct interviews. Because they will be integrated into your team you will need to appraise not just the quality of a candidate's portfolio or work history, Â but also how well the candidates are as team players.
Introduce the company first. Prepare a brief presentation explaining the company's mission, vision, goals and business philosophy.
Then introduce the team. Itâ€™s important that you have a chart ready showing the different departments, who are in charge and who are involved and what their responsibilities are.
You will need to plan by breaking down projects into sets of tasks, and putting due dates on these tasks. You donâ€™t need to monitor each task as it is being done (which is how Â it would be at a traditional office ), but you will see the results and make decisions based on these results.
That is why it is best that you donâ€™t do all these by yourself. What you should do is acquire the services of a reliable outsourcing company, with a deep pool of readily available talent, but also capable of seeking out talent that suits your specific needs.
They should help do the screening for you as well, ensuring that they are able to work for you professionally. And when youâ€™ve found the right people for the job, they can Â help monitor attendance and compute and distribute payroll.