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3 Ways virtual workers make organisations more effective

Munira Rangwala
3rd May 2017
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A lot of startups today are encouraging their employees to work from home. This is mainly because startups need to save money on rent and other office paraphernalia in the first few years of their operations. Several companies are thinking of ways to boost productivity without reducing the competence and engagement of their teams and virtual working is the best way to accomplish that. Technology has made it possible for startups to hire the best talent from all across the world at sensible rates. Startups are recognising the importance of creating and managing virtual teams and the big billion dollar companies are soon following suit. One survey reports that 73 percent of employees believe that the challenges that virtual teams pose are overshadowed by the benefits. Today, entrepreneurs are readily outsourcing duties that are not within the main scope of their business to virtual employees.

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Here are three ways in which virtual workers make organisations more efficient.

Best talent available

More than being concerned about hunting and finding the right talent in the virtual world, companies today are more worried about managing their virtual work force efficiently and smoothly. If companies begin to feel that managing a virtual team is creating more work for them, they are bound to give up on the idea of remote working. The solution to this is to create a common framework so that managers as well as virtual employees can work together effectively once they have found each other. Virtual assistant companies do just that. They add an important layer of management to the freelance economy which benefits the companies that hire them and the talent that works for them.

Effective administration

Virtual workers are known to be extremely efficient at reducing administrative and supervisory roadblocks. From distracting colleagues to open office layouts, there are a variety of disturbances that occur in office settings. Remote working helps reduce these hindrances to a negligible level. In addition, virtual employees are often better at operating social tools that help streamline teamwork and collaboration. This allows virtual workers to be effective at tasks that generate maximum value for their company. To ensure the above, the management of any company needs to make sure that their virtual team has the correct information to prevent any missed opportunities and oversights.

Allotment of resources

Many startups are shifting their offices to smaller and more remote locations as a majority of their employees aren't at their desks for the better part of the week. Therefore, it is only smart to save vital costs for other key business functions. By reducing the number of on-site employees, a lot of small and mid-size organisations are reconsidering the traditional office expenditures. However, virtual talent doesn't come cheap. If companies want to hire the best, they should be open to shelling out larger paychecks.

If you still aren't sure about outsourcing work, look at your motivations and see if they align with the benefits of outsourcing. Consider the amount of time, money, and management efforts outsourcing will save your company and only then go ahead with the decision.

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