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5 Ways to Effectively Manage Freelancers and Remote Workers
The world of work is changing fast, and there have been significant shifts in everything from the skills employees need to do their jobs to where those jobs are performed. The move away from traditional employment and toward consultants and freelancers has been one of the most intriguing changes in the world of work, and one of the most challenging for management teams.
The shift away from office-based work to a largely remote workforce has created yet another level of difficulty for managers. Managing remote workers is not the same as managing on-site employees, and that means management techniques and oversight will have to change. Managing remote employees and freelancers maybe different, but with the right approach, the results can be very positive. Here are five smart ways managers can keep track of their remote workers and maximize their productivity.
Take advantage of video whenever and wherever you can.
From meetings to one-on-one sessions, videoconferencing can be a manager's best friend. From smart phone apps like FaceTime to more traditional software, videoconferencing is a powerful management tool for remote workers.
Schedule in-depth one-on-one sessions
Keeping track of on-site employees is easy; just walk over to their desk or dip into their cubicle. Things are much harder with remote workers and freelancers, so smart managers use regular one-on-one sessions to track progress, evaluate performance and keep in touch.
Reach out to customers and coworkers.
Remote workers and freelancers interact with customers and coworkers just as much as their office-bound counterparts, even if the methods they use are very different. Managers can get a good sense of the capabilities of individual remote workers by talking to customers, suppliers, coworkers and anyone else who interacts with them on a daily basis.
Make time for small talk.
You might not think that remote workers would miss small talk, but time spent chatting and shooting the breeze is an integral part of the normal workday. Smart managers know this and they find ways to make small talk no matter where their employees are located.
Work hard to convey emotion.
Conveying emotion can be difficult when your only forms of communication are instant messaging, email and video chat, but there are ways to overcome these challenges and communicate more effectively Adding emojis and animated gifs to important messages can help a lot, as can picking up the phone and talking about serious issues on a more personal basis
Whether you manage a staff of 6, 6o or 600, dealing with remote workers, freelancers and other non-traditional employees can be a real challenge. When workers are scattered all over the country, and possibly around the world, simply keeping track of schedules and setting up meetings can be major challenges. In this kind of environment, managers need to be a bit more creative, and incorporating the five remote management tips listed above is a good way to get started.