May 6th is designated as National Flexible Working Day - a day to reward and recognise the companies and individuals who showcase ‘how flexible working works’ and its many advantages.
Here at Get Ahead VA flexible working is something we feel very strongly about. Our entire business was founded on the principle of flexible working – for both our clients and our VAs, and we have even won awards for it. We won ‘Flexible Business of the Year’ at the 2014 mumandworking awards, and were shortlisted again in 2015.
Our clients cite our flexible service as one of the single most important reasons as to why they choose to work with Get Ahead VA. Michael from Clark Benefit Consulting says “By outsourcing to Get Ahead VA we only pay for what we need and that flexibility is what makes the service so effective for us.” Our clients can choose to pay on an hourly, project or ongoing basis, meaning that they pay in the way which suits them best, and only for what they need. Our clients can choose to cherry pick just one or a variety of our marketing and other business support services, with our highly experienced VAs working together on client projects when required to deliver a seamless service.
For our VAs, flexible working means they can complete interesting and challenging work for our clients from the comfort of their own homes. This saves on commuting time and allows them to work around the demands of their own lives and beyond the traditional nine to five. As marketing specialist Clare says “Get Ahead VA is perfect as I can be part of a business community, share my skills, yet still retain the flexibility of the freelance life.”
We firmly believe that flexible working can have a positive impact on all businesses, though we understand it has its challenges.
Here are some of our top tips for making flexible working work:
Communicate – Phones and emails are there to make remote and flexible working easier. Ensure you use these to communicate with clients, customers and colleagues. Flexible working isn’t about disappearing from the office. If people cannot see you they still need to be able to hear you to maintain and develop strong working relationships.
Manage expectations – Use those communication methods to keep people up to date with what you are doing, when. You may have planned out exactly when you will be completing certain pieces of work – letting people know that can reassure them that deadlines will be met.
Flexibility can work both ways – Particularly if an employer or client has been flexible with you, it can really pay dividends to reward that by giving flexibility back. This can demonstrate that you are both committed to getting the tasks or job done, in a way that works for both of you.
If you feel your business could benefit from our flexible support service then please get in touch on 01483 332220 or email us at email@example.com.
Our highly experienced team of VAs love to take on the tasks you don’t have time to do, don’t have the skills to do or simply don’t want to do. We pride ourselves on being the staff you don’t see but the difference you do.