It is a general rule of thumb that employee productivity is not determined by whether they work in the office or remotely. A large friendly team sitting in an office, in a beautiful huge building with sky-high rent, can bring you a minimum of profit. While remote employees scattered all over the world, working while sitting in a cafe or on the beach, can please you with the decent revenue that you will immediately feel.
Of course, this is not an undeniable truth, and everything can be vice versa since productivity is determined not by geography, but by a whole complex of factors. This article will examine tips and tricks which will help manage freelancers effectively.
Tips and tricks for effective management
Tip 1. It is always better to clearly describe the task for which you are hiring a freelancer. The more detailed and more accurately describe the task, the clearer for the remote employee will be the direction in which you need to move.
Tip 2. Use a system of fines and rewards. Often freelancers drag out the deadlines for a project. To prevent this from happening, it is a good idea to introduce a system of fines, having previously agreed on the amount for one day of delay. You can affect the speed of the work by paying a premium for the early completion of the assignment.
Actually, as for the system of fines, there were cases in Canada when freelancers were idle during their working hours and instead played Canadian online Baccarat games. They became so engaged in playing various casino games that employers questioned the efficiency of their work. The irony was that they were working on the graphic design of a particular betting website, and they sneaked to casino games for entertainment. Of course, they were fined for such behavior.
While mentioning the operation of online casinos, it should be said that gambling companies, in general, use a very careful approach towards freelancers and remote workers. Mostly, because a simple mistake can cause a bunch of other problems and also sometimes remote working does not seem to be an effective method. Therefore they try to use tracking programs, which shows whether a freelancer is working or spending time in other activities.
Tip 3. Break a large task into several stages. Such a work process will be morally easier for the employee to perceive, and it will be much easier for you to control the execution of tasks at each stage in terms of time and quality.
You will enjoy working with freelancers if you can competently motivate and control employees. And here you cannot do without leadership skills. Therefore, remember when working with freelancers that the leader should be included in the work process as often as possible and clearly plan the stages of the assignments, indicate the time and quality criteria for the work performed.
Tip 5. You will enjoy working with freelancers if you can competently motivate and control employees. Do not forget about the motivation of your employees. An exciting task and providing sufficient ways for its implementation for many professional freelancers will be a powerful motivator.
Besides, communicate more often. Communication is not only control over work and requesting results, but also conversations on topics of interest to us. Good relations with employees motivate a more responsible performance of work.
Tip 6. Each new remote employee should be assigned a specialist who has long established himself. This helps a new person to join the team, work and atmosphere quickly. Each specialist must agree on the appropriate amount of remuneration. It is worth considering the phased payment for the work of a freelancer.
Pointing out errors, fair criticism and comments sometimes provide a good incentive for developing the professional qualities of employees. So these tips are really useful if you are looking forward to managing your employees effectively.