Tips for managing remote workers for your nonprofit

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By Jorge Erickson

Nonprofit organizations depend a lot on field staff for implementing projects and activities. To remain efficient in conducting these initiatives, they shouldn’t overlook the value that back-office workers provide.

For tasks such as digital marketing and even bookkeeping, many nonprofits hire freelancers who work remotely to keep the operation productive. The only trade-off is the distance. Managing remote workers living in different places could lead to miscommunication which will cost time, money, and opportunities. If you’re running such an outfit and planning to recruit freelancers to your core team, here’s how to ensure everyone’s on the same boat.

1) Touch base together with field workers

When you onboard freelancers, you must introduce them to the other core team members. This helps build trust and ensure that everyone knows their respective roles. Schedule an online session to touch base and have your managers or supervisors attend.

This will provide an opportunity for you to size up the person’s ability to connect and collaborate with others. It’s also a chance to build rapport, especially among remote workers you simultaneously hire.

2) Orient them on your goals and vision

It won’t be enough to tell a freelancer what they’re going to do. You also need to make sure that they’re working toward fulfilling your organization’s goals. Treat them as though they are a part of your staff on the ground. Lay down your organization’s standards and vision. Provide them with the tools they need to support your organization’s goals.

Consistency is the key to managing a remote team, so you must let your freelancers know the nature of your non-profit and how important a role they’re playing in making a difference in other people’s lives.

3) Open yourself up to questions

Just because you gave a freelancer instructions on the first doesn’t mean they will deliver the exact results you want. It’s a mistake to assume that they will follow through your guidelines, so make yourself available for questions.

A freelancer already has the skills for the job, but ensuring they’re working as accurately as possible requires constant guidance. During their first day, you may have to check their initial outputs and provide feedback. This will help them adjust and align with your organization’s standards. Eventually, they will be able to navigate around the tasks and handle them with minimal supervision.

4) Use the right project management tools

Assigning and tracking the work you delegate to a freelancer is a major challenge. However recent tools are easing up these issues to allow for a more seamless collaborative experience across long distances. When it comes to assigning tasks, use Monday or Asana especially if you have remote workers handling your nonprofit’s social media presence.

To accurately track your freelancers’ attendance, use a timekeeping app which would come in handy if you’re paying them by the hour. For organizing the resources you use for your next charitable drives and other initiatives, consider setting up a knowledge base on platforms like Notion.

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Don’t let distance tell you if getting a freelancer for your nonprofit is worth your time and money. So long as you know how to manage one, they can become a valuable asset to your organization’s success.

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Jorge Erickson is a talented writer and experienced guest post contributor with a knack for crafting compelling and informative content. With a passion for writing guest posts in different niches like business, finance, and motivational speakers. He brings a unique perspective and expert insights to every article. Throughout his career, he has written for various reputable publications and websites, providing valuable and engaging content on topics such as Business & Finance. He has a strong command of industrial trends.

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