The modern business workplace looks a lot like this: You’re strategizing in your headquarters in the UK, while your web development team is working on your website in Macedonia, and your sales team in Italy is always competing with the one in France. With this being the reality of a large and constantly increasing number of businesses, we can safely say that we live in the era of geographically dispersed teams with all the challenges and benefits they present.
The virtual assistant is now more glorified than ever, not just because business owners are realising that this way the pool of talents is significantly larger, but also because they can choose who they want to work for by looking for the best chance to fully express their creativity and potential.
However, this opportunity to freely choose your employees comes at a price that not all business owners are always able to pay: Controlling this professional relationship, protecting your brand and ultimately your money. How do you establish a relationship that doesn’t waste your resources? How do you rest assured that the job will get done?
Neither more nor less, but by partnering up with a resource service provider.
What is a virtual employee
A virtual employee or assistant is a professional who possesses the right set of skills that you need, both specific and linguistic, and can work for you regardless of where he/she currently lives. The concept of the dedicated employee is based on virtual employees using the power of the Internet and all the online communication tools available to communicate with their employers anywhere in the world. There is a difference between the two terms though: while all dedicated employees are virtual employees, not all virtual employees are dedicated.
If you hire a virtual employee to work for you full time, then this is a dedicated employee. This employee or assistant, works as an extension to your in-house team and therefore follows your working hours and is under your management. A professional who agrees to work with you remotely for a few hours a day isn’t entirely dedicated to you, and this option is good for short-term projects, or tasks that aren’t time-sensitive.
Who will benefit most from dedicated employees
Project managers in any area can consider hiring external dedicated employees as a significant cost-effective business move. Managers whose departments are completely back-office can also resource to a dedicated team to lower the overall cost per employee, yet still, get the expected level of quality on the job.
Entrepreneurs who want to focus entirely on presenting their business to the public and establish important business relationships can have all computer-based work resourced to a dedicated team with which he/she would mainly communicate for guidance and consultation.
How to find a dedicated employee
Resourcing work to the right virtual employees is a daunting task for many managers for two reasons: First, there’s the fear of using a provider with which you don’t have 100% work control, and second, the time needed to find the right people is just too long. After all, there are so many freelancers out there.
And probably the most important reason is the management of virtual employees. You’re not in the same office space nor in the same country every day, which makes managing a challenge.
That’s where resource service providers based in the UK and the rest of the world, come in; they provide a business model that is cost-effective, time-saving and perfectly organised to make management a piece of cake. The local offices where the dedicated teams are located, most often than not have a branch/country manager who makes sure everything is organized, just like in your main office.
There’s nothing complex in the process of finding a dedicated employee; once you establish a relationship with your chosen provider and explain the kind of team you want to create, the provider takes care of the rest. Your team will be ready, settled in fully-equipped office and armed with all state-of-the-art technology in no time at all.
And, if you work with a resource service provider in Europe, you and your team will almost always be working in the same timezone and on a maximum of 3 hours flight distance.
Think your business isn’t suitable for resourcing? We think differently.
Contact us today and find out how you can benefit by resourcing part of your work to a dedicated team.