TRY VIRTUAL SOLUTIONS: Also consider using a virtual workforce, where contractors work from their homes and stay in touch via technology.
Studies show that virtual workers often work harder and longer hours than “regular“ employees, according to the National Federation of Independent Business. As technology continues to improve around screen-sharing, video conferencing and real-time document editing, you’ll have a hard time noticing whether your worker is across town or across a continent.
If you go this direction, the NFIB suggests setting some guidelines to manage virtual workers effectively. Among the tips: Stay in touch with virtual workers through Web meetings or shared calendars so they don’t feel isolated, and set clear goals and expectations regarding work hours.
At the end of the day, you get what you pay for, so think hard about what you really need in a team member. Then be a smart shopper by opening your mind to outside-the-box options.
Jennie Wong is an executive coach, author of the e-book “Ask the Mompreneur“ and the founder of the social shopping website CartCentric.com. Email her at TheJennieWonggmail.com.