As you move towards a more mobile business model, you may be noticing that you are experiencing different challenges. With a stable office location filled with local people, you have a certain set of expectations and a management style to organise everything. When you start using a Servcorp virtual office in the Philippines you have to adjust your expectations and management tactics.
In order to get the best work out of your new office configuration, you need to ensure that a few different things are in place. Keep in mind that these are tenets of great management for your standard Manilla office – only with a slightly advanced technological twist.
As an office manager, you need to ensure that your team is able to accomplish their goals efficiently. To do this in the modern office, there needs to be an abundance of internet speed and capability. Bandwidth is vital to your workplace – especially if you are running a virtual office.
While arranging your virtual office’s logistics, be sure to subscribe to the best internet available. There are a few options in Manilla to choose from, including PLDT, Globe, Sky Broadband, Infinivan, PT&T and Radius. Be sure to look at each company carefully to choose the right internet for you. Your virtual office’s internet needs to be very fast, and the wrong company can hurt your productivity immensely.
Productive Project Management
As you well know, collaboration is very important in business. Having a collaborative attitude in your workplace means that your employees will be challenged to think for themselves, solve problems otherwise unseen by management, pool talent and strengths, and speed up the solutions to various problems. Collaboration is just as important on a virtual scale.
Finding the right project management tool to keep your team working is important. Slack, for instance, is an excellent way to communicate with your employees. Your team stays connected through a one-stop virtual portal, allowing them to talk in real time about any and every issue business related or not. Issues can be resolved quickly, and communication is guaranteed to remain constant.
Keep It Cloud-Based
You are likely already using some form of cloud-based technology for your own personal needs. If you use an iPhone, and you sync your photos to iCloud, they are kept in storage for as long as you need them. They’re safe from others prying eyes, and you can access them whenever you wish.
Using cloud-based technology is important to your virtual office as well. By using the cloud, you can reduce IT costs because you store your information securely offsite and in the aether. The cloud can scale up and down as you need, allowing you to store as much information as your business requires. Cloud-based password protection is another important facet that your virtual office should take advantage of.
Hire and Manage Properly
The life of a manager can be difficult. With many people to look after, keep on task, terminate, and mentor, you’re tasked with a lot of different roles. The hiring and management process only gets more difficult when you have a virtual office of employees.
That’s why having an effective set of managerial skills is required – especially for a virtual office. By setting ground rules during a video based interview, you are able to establish concrete rules for your new employees abroad to live by. A good project management system will help keep everyone on task while keeping you from wanting to micromanage.
Additionally, it may be a good idea to visit your virtual team wherever they’re located. This can create a strong company culture, thus strengthening the bond between you and your virtual staff.
Manage Your Virtual Staff and Reap the Rewards
Having a virtual staff takes a lot of pressure off of your Manilla-based workforce. As long as you keep your employees in line with effective project management technology, cloud-based apps, and a reliable internet connection, you can watch your business grow in front of your own eyes.