It's been almost two years since our lives were turned upside down by the Covid-19 Pandemic and with the latest introduction of the variant Omicron, it's showing no signs of alleviating worries for business owners looking to recruit.
Many businesses have remained as hybrid working companies and some have stuck it out as working remotely for good, even giving up office space. But there are some companies that are new or growing and who want to open offices or build on their office-based teams but are rightly fearful of the future. What if Boris stands on a podium and tells us to 'work from home' again? What if, God forbid, we go back into a lockdown and reintroduce the furlough scheme? If there's one thing Covid has shown us, it's that anything is possible.
Business owners might not want to take on the burden of knowing what to do if they are forced to ask staff to work from home, they may not have the time to read the guidance and make the right judgement calls. Business owners may not have the time or inclination to keep in touch with their staff, checking in with them and thinking up ways to boost morale.
There's also the fear of the unknown. Are your remote teams working the hours they should be? Are they being as productive as you need them to be, are you concerned about their mental health? For most, remote working is a very effective way forward and can actually have a huge positive impact on staff morale, allowing them flexibility and family time they wouldn't have in the office, thus encouraging them to do a job well. But that doesn't help you to take that step towards full-blow recruitment and the messy business of employment law.
A great solution to this problem is a Virtual Assistant service like ours, L.T. VA Services. VA's are often very experienced, are able to adapt quickly, to multi-task like you've never seen before and are usually always on hand to assist you with very little micro-management needed. It's a great stop-gap whilst you wait to see what happens in the coming months, before committing to recruiting staff who you really want to be office based.
Virtual Assistants are also used to clients coming and going, whilst many work together for years, we understand some clients are looking for a temporary solution and because of that, we don't take it personally when it's time to let us go. This could work really well for you. Who better to onboard the person taking over the role your VA has been doing, than the VA themselves! Our VA's can hand over the reins when the time is right, to whomever it is you recruit to replace them. This saves you a lot of time and effort and what's more, you now have a relationship with a Virtual Assistant who knows you and your business and who you can call upon should you ever need them again in the future.
Whether a long-term or short-term solution, if you're holding off recruiting office-based staff right now whilst drowning in work you desperately need to delegate, perhaps it's time to think about taking on a Virtual Assistant.