Here are our tips for working with remote employees:
There’s No Such Thing As Too Much Information: The more specific your task description is, the less confusion there will be later on with your remote employees. When assigning new tasks to employees who are out the office, be incredibly clear. Written communication can make it difficult to fully express the scope or direction of a project, don’t be afraid to over-communicate.
Be Prepared for Potential Language Barriers: Some of the best help for your field may not be local. If you decide to hire an employee who lives overseas, remember that there may be potential language barriers. Before you hire them, consider giving them tests to ensure that their English and work-ethic are up to par.
Set Up a Training Program: Set your new hire up for success by providing training materials and step-by-step instructions on their job tasks. Although it may take extra time to train virtual workers and give them important information about your company's products or services, this investment will pay off in the end.
Schedule Regular Check-ins: Communication is crucial when you are working with a virtual employee or independent contractor since they are not physically around you or your other team members. To solve this problem, schedule daily, weekly and/or monthly check-ins so they can receive feedback about their work and how they can improve.
For more information on working with virtual workers or how we can simplify your bookkeeping process, please contact us.