1. Communication Is Key
Regular communication with your offshore staff will result in better outcomes. We recommend our clients have daily meetings with their staff to ensure open communication about the status of current tasks. This status update allows you to keep track of progress, become aware of potential challenges and coordinate efforts to resolve difficult or time consuming issues.
Following agile management processes, meetings are best kept short and to the point. Less than 15 minutes should be adequate. Three key points to discuss are:
1. What did you accomplish yesterday?
2. What will you do today?
3. Are there any obstacles impeding your progress?
Video calls with your offshore staff are free and simple. Outsourced staff are provided with high quality headsets and have access to the best technologies to ensure there are no limits to your communication with them.
2. Give Them Training
We have witnessed first-hand a plethora of clients who make offshore staffing in the Philippines a huge success. We have also seen a handful of others who throw their staff in the deep end and hope they can swim. Without a doubt, those who invest time in staff training reap the rewards of a more effective team.
All our clients are welcome and encouraged to visit our offices in the Philippines and to sit with their staff during the training phase. This could be a few days or several weeks, depending on your training program. Some clients even treat staff with flights to their country, which is a life-changing experience for most Filipino’s who typically never have the luxury or opportunity to leave the Philippines.
If you don’t have the funds or time to see them in person, technologies like Skype allow you to have a virtual meeting with them. Just ensure you dedicate some time, especially in their first weeks (and ongoing) to training as you would with your local staff.
3. Make them part of the team
Your Outsourced staff are 100% dedicated to you and your company. Every day when they start they will report directly to you and live and breathe your brand. To get the best out of your Outsourced staff, it is important to treat them as a full time member of your team and not as a detached offshore contractor. Ways to do this include providing them with an @yourbusiness email address, inviting them to team meetings, including them in company announcements and sending them your branded shirts and pens – trust me, they will wear them with pride!
Your Outsourced staff in the Philippines will be loyal and proud members of your international organisation. They are part of your global team and it’s beneficial to make them feel appreciated and involved.
For more information or to start your own team in the philippines simply contact us.