The modern workforce is here and some organizations are still figuring out how they are going to take advantage of the emerging gig economy to optimize their businesses and grow more affordably using skilled freelance talent. In order to successfully introduce a contractor component to your business, you need to have the right vision and the necessary controls in place to ensure the effective application of modern hiring strategies in the creation of a virtual workforce.
Determine Strategic Needs and Functions for Your Organisation’s Future
Hiring a freelancer to complement your permanent staff can help boost your team’s capabilities without any long-term commitment. Skilled freelancers can be hired as needed for special projects or when growth or increased demands require more support.
Investing in Collaborative Tools in the Cloud
Operational efficiency, project management, and communication can all be controlled remotely. Many of the tools optimized for in-house employees can be taken beyond the physical workplace with an internet connection. You may need to set up a VPN, invest in Office 365, or make use of services such as Dropbox to help with document sharing and management. You will also need to establish communication protocols so team members know how to engage with each other effectively.
Create Clearly Defined Objectives and Measurable Milestones
Managing a team in the gig economy means a change in the methodology used to administer projects and tasks. Without a roadmap of where the project is going and knowledge of who is responsible for what, there is a greater chance for failure with a virtual team. Mitigate this risk by having a strategic plan in place with a clear end-goal in mind.
Ensure Management is Equipped with the Right Mix of Soft and Technical Skills to Succeed
Managing a virtual team is different to making sure someone shows up at their desk on time every day. Management needs to have the technical aptitude to take advantage of all the virtual tools and resources being utilized by the team for efficient and productive project delivery. Working with the modern workplace culture created by a dispersed team collaborating on a project may be a challenge for a leader who is more familiar with traditional work environments.
Gain Access to Different Talents and Skill Sets Outside of the Traditional Workforce
You can establish long-term relationships with uniquely skilled freelancers and assign them reoccurring work on dispersed projects. By giving positive feedback and re-engaging them for ongoing work or repeat projects, you will have a diverse team developing your company that offers more of a competitive advantage by accessing all available skills.
Are you ready to join the gig economy and contract out some projects to grow your business?
Eric Apps is a seasoned technology entrepreneur, lawyer and early pioneer of today’s growing modern workforce methodologies. Eric has owned, operated and held board or senior management positions in several public and private technology companies. Today he is partnered in Aluvion and Organimi, Canadian law and technology firms, where he is an early adopter and advocate of building virtual teams and services to grow his companies. By leveraging the power of new technologies to streamline workflows, while utilizing a virtual network of highly skilled, and highly responsive professionals to develop his companies, Eric is a thought leader and advocate for the growing freelance/gig-based economy.
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