Managing A Blended Workforce

August 24th, 2017

manage blended workforce

By Wendy Dessler, Guest Post Blogger

For today’s guest post, we turn to Outreachmama for some tips on how to manage a blended workforce! Check it out below:

Being a good manager is not an easy task and takes a well-rounded approach for the best outcome. It takes empathy, facilitated direction, and a TON of patience. Not many people are able to excel as managers but a lot of the skills required can be learned and applied in diverse fashion.

Each employee and contractor is different. Having the skills to understand the best traits in each, bring out these traits, and allocate the right workers to complement each other is essential. Let’s take a look at a few key points:


Training and continuing education are extremely important in a job. Aiming for consistent improvement prevents stagnation at a job and provides a path towards a better career for the worker.

Showing that you’ve been promoted multiple times at a company looks impressive on a resume. Showing that you’ve been hired back multiple times as a contractor for similar work shows aptitude.

Using Contractors

The pros of hiring contractors are well-documented for the financial incentives they provide. These include not having to pay benefits, overhead of office space, liabilities, or training costs.

Hiring a contractor allows the employer to find the best person for the job because of access to a large pool of candidates. Additionally, there are no hangups with competition within the company. The employer can go after the best person for the specific job that needs to be accomplished.

Flexibility is another big advantage with acquiring an Independent Contractor. The employer is able to hire project to project and is also able to let go an independent contractor easier depending on the contract that was agreed upon for the job.

Since the Independent Contractor is a specialist in his or her’s field, it allows for maximum production and there is no need for training. This allows for the job to be done at a faster rate vs trying to complete the project with untrained workers that are learning on the job.

This can be very costly if the job is delayed or needs to be fixed if it was not done correctly the first time.

Monitoring the Employee

When assessing performance, the employee needs to be aware of the various responsibilities that go with the job and the general expectations. If the employee does not meet expectations, there should be a penalty when appropriate.

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