(December 19, 2012)
My virtual assistant takes on many of my tasks for me. Recently, he started managing other virtual assistants in my place.
This way, I can have a team or a network of virtual assistants working for me with acceptable time investment on the side of managing all these people.
My main virtual assistant works as a hub, in some way. I instruct him and he updates me. At the same time, he has to take care of managing several people at times. Normally, this works out very well.
Shortly, we invited someone very promising on our team. He did not have any experience on oDesk before. But he had some specific knowledge only a specialist could have. So, we gave it a try.
As always, I peeked into the screenshots provided by the oDesk software to see what my virtual assistant is up to.
I was not sure if I should have pity with my virtual assistant or if I should be amused. This specific provider had extremely high problems getting started with his job.
First, there were internet connectivity problems.
Then, my virtual assistant really had to explain to the new guy every step of the way in excruciating detail.
I know the feeling very well. I’m not sure my virtual assistant has made this experience as a hiring manager until now.
Sometimes, managing a virtual assistant online can be extremely tiring, time consuming and challenging.
That’s something everyone who seriously considers doing outsourcing with more than one personal assistant should deeply keep in mind.
In the end, I don’t know how far the new provider on our team will make it. Will he get how the job is done and deliver the high quality results we expect from him?
Or, will our patience go to an end at some point in time and we will have to let him go?
Let’s see. It’s up to him.
Comments for The Job for a Hiring Manager Sometimes is Hard
|Aug 18, 2014||Being a Manager is a tough job
by: JohnI do agree with the fact that it’s not easy to manage a bunch of people and take note—every individual grew up in a different culture. We have our differences in the way we are brought up.
Being a manager is a task that can somehow make or break one’s personality or he/she could be bring out the best in one’s personality and ability. Say, good luck!
|Sep 05, 2014||You Need the Right Personality in a VA for Him to Be a Hiring Manager
by: FrancisI’m with you, John. When I have asked my main virtual assistant to start taking up tasks that are close to being a Hiring Manager, he excelled in every level and really blew my socks off.
You need to start small with small tasks and see if your virtual assistant is up to par for these tasks. When he really surprises you with great results then you might be on to a winner.
In this case, it’s very business-wise to use your virtual assistant’s main strengths where you can best use them. In this case, letting my main assistant take over Hiring Manager tasks was a great find that I wouldn’t have found if wouldn’t challenge my assistants from time to time with new tasks.