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Motivating Your Remote Team
Can you see your key employees from where you’re sitting?
Chances are, if you run a business that employs some of the 57 million Americans who work freelance, you can’t be sure just what your crew are up to right now.
Sure, you’re able to enjoy the benefits of working with freelancers – savings on tax and insurance, smaller premises, flexibility and a more dynamic talent pool – but how can you ensure these free agents are demonstrating the loyalty and dedication that you might expect from regular employees?
Well, just like with regular employees, the secret is to treat them right. The only difference is, getting it right requires a whole new bunch of tools from working with an on-site team.
You can’t rely on body language or the casual sharing of information around the office to let people know what needs to be done and what are your expectations. You need to be clear up front, and also to proactively discover what their expectations are.
You also need to ensure you’re not enjoying those economic benefits we mentioned too recklessly. Yes, your overall bill will be lower – but your freelancers need to cover their own health and vacation costs so their rate-per-hour will be higher. The good news is, it’s been shown that you get what you pay for – so figure out a fair rate and you will get talented workers who are prepared to put in that little bit extra to get you improved results.
There’s a host of additional tips on how to motivate your remote team in this ace new visual guide from The Business Backer. Make these part of your freelancer protocol, and you’ll find you’re able to reap all the benefits of employing remote staff – including the knowledge that you treat them well.
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