It all started when you heard about the benefits of outsourcing and figured that it could be the best way for you to get more work done on a small budget. You’ve contacted an outsourcing partner, and you’re about to hand them a project. But now you wonder, should you just give them the tasks, leave, and come back only when the project is complete? Or should you consider collaborating with the team and check in on them once in a while?
The decision is definitely yours, but we suggest on doing the latter.
While the laissez faire approach could work with your virtual team, it poses more risks. In any workplace, collaboration has always been the ideal way to go. And quite frankly, it’s also the best choice even in outsourcing.
Here are the reasons why you should collaborate with your outsourcing team:
Clear project updates
Although the laissez faire approach is an ideal way to avoid micromanagement, it mostly keeps the employer in the dark on the state of the project. When the team works on their own, it’s easier for the virtual team to lose track of your demands. A short video or occasional voice call can be healthy for your business and the team. Asking for updates and project milestone is not micromanagement, it simply means you care about the project and the team.
Steer clear from disasters
It’s not that you don’t trust your outsourced team, but in business, it’s always wise to steer clear from potential problems. The laissez faire approach could work in a virtual team that’s motivated, competent, and organized. However, for a team that’s still developing their group dynamics, a hands-off approach might not work so well for a number of reasons, such as ambiguity in task delegation or misunderstanding of the team’s goals.
If the team members work independently and eventually submit output that’s not of good quality, it could be a huge disaster. Not only would it put a dent on your relationship with them, but also wastes time, effort, and money that could have been put to better use.
No room for corruption
You could get the best skills and talents from different parts of the world through outsourcing, but its virtual nature could also breed negativity. The laissez faire approach gives your team enough freedom to do their work in whatever way they think is effective.
But having nobody to watch them, it also makes it easier to cheat. Collaboration will not only allow you to build a good relationship with the team, but also motivate them to work accordingly.
It is important to balance how much freedom you would allow your team to work on their own and exercising your authority as an employer. Laissez faire CAN work when doing business with a virtual team; but before resorting to it it’s wise to know its advantages and disadvantages.
Whenever possible, collaborate with your team. Let them know what you need and let them tell you what they can do about it. Collaboration would not only yield lots of benefits in the business side, but it could also pave the way for a good relationship with the team. As activist and author Helen Keller put it, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much”.