Trends associated with the flexibility of labour market and alternative forms of employment are becoming more and more visible throughout the world. The importance of remote teams is also increasing in Poland. While for large corporations, employing external consultants is an everyday reality, many small businesses are still looking at freelancers with reluctance and anxiety. Are they right though? As it turns out, in many cases cooperation with a freelancer can be much more effective than creating an additional position for the time of completion of the project which can last even a several months. Let’s take a closer look at the most common beliefs that stop people from such cooperation and see if they are justified.
Myth 1: low quality of work
A serious challenge for many entrepreneurs is the lack of trust in the quality of services provided by freelancers. The laidback approach to deadlines and lack of sufficient competences necessary to complete the task are just some of the concerns that speak against such cooperation. Meanwhile, large competition in the market of freelancers makes them the most motivated employees. In order to ensure a constant inflow of new assignments, they need to continuously improve their qualifications and, thanks to the diversity of completed projects, they often have a broader perspective and can propose effective solutions. Modern technologies can help in maintaining control over quality. Thanks to such tools as ICP, which allows for, e.g. measurement of time spent on tasks and generation of reports, monitoring the work progress of remote employees has never been easier.
Myth 2: lack of identification with the company
Matching the employee to the organizational culture is one of the key elements of effective team cooperation. Many managers are afraid that no opportunities to participate in a team’s everyday life and awareness that work is only temporary result in lower involvement of the freelancer who does not identify himself or herself with the company’s values. In fact, the atmosphere of trust and pursuit of a common goal is not created only when playing table football or telling jokes during lunchtime. Creating opportunities for team members to get to know each other better (e.g. through regular teleconferences) and openness to remote employees’ ideas so that he or she can have a real impact on the shape of the project as well as detailed discussion of plans and tasks – these are just some of the activities that build a freelancer’s sense of inclusion in the team that can be undertaken.
Myth 3: problems with communication
Most probably, no one doubts numerous advantages connected with the possibility to exchange information “face to face”. However, the conviction that cooperation with a remote freelancer causes communication problems, in the era of advanced digital communication, is one of the greatest myths. Today, there are many solutions to this challenge that make it possible to keep in touch with a few clicks on the computer or smartphone screen. ICP is one of such tools. Among many functionalities of this application, special attention should be paid to the internal communicator that allows for real-time conversations as well as the option of task delegation and sharing the screen and documents. Most importantly, the whole history of communication is stored in one place, which enables its users not get lost in the bunch of arrangements and be up-to-date with all the issues relevant to the project.
The benefits of having employees on the spot in the company are unquestionable. On the other hand, when deciding to cooperate with freelancers, it is possible to carry out projects faster, cheaper and better. Therefore, it is worthwhile to face the concerns related to this model of work. Especially that the number of freelancers grows systematically and this trend cannot be stopped.