Why There Is No Need To Be A Micromanager Anymore

Some small-business owners seem to be wary about hiring virtual assistants of any kind as they feel as if they’re not in control. They do not know what the virtual assistant is doing as they cannot see them and they are simply not sure if they are working to their best ability, or not. This is undoubtedly something to do with the business systems of old. After all, not too long ago it was traditional to have a bricks and mortar operation with various desks set aside for people to conduct various administrative functions. There might be a supervisor or office manager who might report to the executive. Often these office employees would be seated in close proximity to the supervisor and whether it was meant to be this way or not they were all, indeed, closely supervised.

Yet even though there was this close level of supervision, in theory, was the style of operation really efficient? Remember that the employees in the office were not hired on the basis of individual productivity, but were usually employed to take care of a number of routine tasks throughout the business week. It was very difficult to allocate an efficiency score to the performance of these individual employees, or to really work out how much each individual task cost in reality. Often it was all lumped into an “administrative” charge as a line item on any budget and very difficult to address when it came up to an annual review.

Today it is more practical for us to consider just how much work is involved in each individual task on a very long list of administrative functions. There is no need to put up with the added cost of admin, especially when a virtual assistant can be employed to do each task for an agreed price. So long as the price is palatable to the business owner then it really does not matter how long it takes the virtual assistant to complete this task, as the business owner only pays that pre-agreed price. Of course it is within the best interest of the VA to be efficient from their own business point of view and this invariably means that they will tackle each task effectively and everybody wins across the board.

Rather than worrying about whether a person is really doing the work it is more important to look at whether the work is engaged and delivered in a satisfactory manner. The virtual assistant should be engaged based on the type of work that they return according to the agreement in place. There are many different systems as well as some first-class project software solutions which are available in order to keep the executive or business owner informed. As a virtual assistant is only hired on a retainer or individual service basis then the potential for loss is mitigated. It’s relatively easy to move on to select another service provider, but the performance capability of the outsourcer should be checked prior to any kind of agreement being implemented anyway.

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