Category Archives: Links

Virtual Assistant: Hire One, Be One

Entrepreneur.com is talking about them. Employment Digest is talking about them. Tim Ferris, the productivity wizard of The 4-hour Workweek, recommends them, saying that “every facet of your life can be outsourced.” An entrepreneur can avoid hiring an extra employee by farming out administrative tasks to a virtual assistant. A admin assistant with an entreprenuerial bent can start a business working from home, choose how much business to take in, and enjoy the variety of work from multiple clients. Monster describes the career. It’s an interesting twist on telecommuting.

Everybody's Talking

Lindsay Blakely at BNET interviews Tammy Erickson of Harvard Business blog here about doing away with outdated time-based management by enacting a Results Only Working Environment. While ROWE can be used effectively by in-office workers, such a results-based performance measurement system is ideal for telecommuters and remote workers.

The Management Issues blog lists five “don’ts” here that anyone planning a telecommute program should avoid. Successful telecommuting needs some well-considered structure.

Workforce.com discusses Accenture’s efforts to maintain a sense of community among remote workers and promote the retention of remote employees here.