16 Sep 3 Tips to get your VA on a Productive Groove
You probably think that when your company finally crosses the line from founding stage to the growth stage, it’s gonna feel awesome. I hate to break it to you, my dear reader, but that’s not really going to be the story. Along this ride, you’re gonna hit some bumps and it’s going to take a toll on you. Your schedules are going to feel tight. New challenges will pop up, and there’s going to be less time to do the old tasks you’re responsible of. And that’s just how it is. At some point you’re gonna crash and burn. You’ve probably heard of the ways people are using the fast-growing army of virtual assistance to make their work lives more efficient. Some stories went horribly and some just went wonderfully. And when you finally make that decision of reaching out for a VA, you can definitely write the story to be told like the latter. I’ve got 3 tips with me to get you start the productive groove with you and your VA.
1. Interview Before Hiring
When you interview the candidate, make sure to ask them the reason they want to work with you. What you want is a Virtual Manager who goes above and beyond with their work. For assessment purposes, ask them to make a list of 10 reasons why they want to work with you. Giving them an assignment like this is great because it’ll tell you so much about the candidate. Did they go above and beyond? Were the answers formatted properly? Did they make it before the deadline? If they passed the test, bring them on board!
Conflict often arises about who does this, who makes decisions, who manages the process, and who is responsible for which tasks. In the absence of a clear project plan outlining responsibility and accountability in detail, you should communicate frequently with your VA. Over-communicating in today’s environment — with all the distractions afoot — may become the rule rather than the exception.
3. Train Them
As with any member of your team, you want your virtual assistant to grow with your company. You’ll find that virtual assistants love working on tasks that teach them new skills and allows them to grow. To promote this, try assigning more creative tasks to your virtual assistants once you get to know them.