The Game Has Changed – The Virtual Workforce Paradigm

“The game has changed.”

Never has a statement about the traditional model for business services been truer. Today’s virtual workforce is no longer limited to virtual assistants working from home offices, providing general administrative or web-related services. Virtual workers are able to provide business support services at all levels from administration to mid and upper level management as well as specialized support services including project and operational management.

The demand is growing for companies to find more efficient, innovative and cost effective methods to run their businesses. The economic downturn coupled with an emerging generation of ‘tech savvy workers’ is providing the fuel for change.

There is a new paradigm emerging in the 2010 workforce and senior management is realizing a need to face realities of the virtual world. The new virtual workforce requires a complete change of traditional methodologies and management style in order to allow businesses to adopt a more digital platform. Innovative styles of management are required to bridge gaps created by a diverse and global workforce. Communication is key to creating and sustaining a successful virtual workforce. New systems and ideas are needed to ensure that information traditionally shared over the water cooler, within boardrooms or while walking the corridors of brick and mortar companies is still disseminated to their new global workforce.

Collaborating within a virtual workforce also levels out the traditional corporate hierarchy that has been in place for decades. Virtual workers can bring more to the table and are generally on a more equal playing field with the entire team. I believe that today’s leaders should facilitate an extreme level of team cohesiveness through the use of existing and emerging information and communication technologies (ICT’s).

Virtual workers providing their services from remote locations are usually business owners themselves. They come to the table prepared to put forward their best ideas without the need to adhere to traditional employee structured boundaries and rules. While not an official partnership in the technical term, contracted virtual workers are positioned to work collaboratively with their clients to ensure mutual success for their respective businesses.

Transitioning to a full or partial virtual workforce can be challenging. These challenges can be mitigated with a thorough analysis of existing processes and systems as well as an understanding of the company’s goals. A solid communication plan is the final component required for a successful, sustainable implementation.

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