The world knows that telecommuters and virtual teams is a positive development. What remains is to improve the way we manage these workers.
(PRWEB) May 10, 2013
Ricaris have a nice day S.L., a multilingual web outsourcing services company established in 2009, employs 70 telecommuters full-time and serves important .COMs around the globe.
Ricaris is pleased to announce the launch of its new consulting and teaching wing dedicated to companies who manage virtual teams or telecommuters.
Anna Danés, founder of Ricaris and CEO of MVT says, “Everyone knows the benefits of employing telecommuters, either permanently or on a freelance basis, but managers are struggling to create processes and a virtual environment to make those efforts a success. We know how to do that, because we’ve been doing it successfully for four years. That’s why we created Managing Virtual Teams.”
Studies estimate that there are more than 20 million professionals in the United States telecommuting more than 20 hours per week (The Perfect Labor Storm). Freelancer websites like Elance, oDesk, and freelancer.com have already routed more than a billion dollars to freelancers worldwide, comprising a significant block of virtual workers (Elance reached $751,539,396 at the time of writing this press release). But are companies effectively managing these teams?
Anna Danés says “You really have two areas to address with virtual teams. The first area is processes. You can’t rely on ad-hoc meetings anymore, and in order to make it work, you’ve got to be organized. You’ve got to make it easy to manage. The second area is the human area, trying to keep workers engaged and happy. Some companies are better in one area than the other, but few are doing everything well.”
With studies by Best Buy, British Telecom and Dow Chemical showing that virtual workers are 36% - 41% more productive than their office counterparts (Undress for Success), companies are rushing to create virtual teams and take advantage of the global talent pool available online.
MVT is one of the few consulting firms with real experience building and maintaining virtual teams. Anna Danés put it best. "We have made it work, and we want to help companies duplicate our success."