As the country adjusts to the new economy, which is largely driven by the advent of COVID, business leaders are being forced to adjust their company guidelines pertaining to their employees and independent contractors. As a result, they have to revisit their independent contractor management system.
The reason for this is simple: The work from home setup has prompted a lot of workers to work independently, which has caused a lot of leaders to rethink their guidelines and policies.
What are the Changes?
Employees May Work Anywhere
Employees were required to work in the office in the past, but it has now drastically changed. Employees are now often free to work anywhere, from home or an alternate remote location.
However, tracking employees ensures employers won’t have to deal with the burden of facing unexpected legal liability brought about by telecommuting to other states.
Understandably, different states may have differing tax and related laws, which an employer can be subject to if their employee performs remote work from the said state. It has placed many business owners in a difficult position.
That’s why the Society for Human Resource Management continues to warn companies of the risks of this setup and encourage them to update the systems they have in place.
Company Processes Have Changed
Alongside the revision of company guidelines and policies are the changes in company processes. Businesses feel obliged to innovate their clocking system in and out of the office. Some businesses have adopted a hybrid setup where employees are expected to clock into work, but they may also work remotely.
By doing this, businesses are creating a system to ensure that their workers are doing the right thing. This system includes the ability for employers to send out daily/weekly reminders to employees to ensure they stay on track for completing specific tasks.
Alongside this system, employees are also expected to check in to work from their homes to ensure they’re doing their best to complete their work effectively.
Videoconferencing is also an alternative to in-person meetings. It is now being used to set up meetings with executives at companies of all sizes. Employees can now easily make calls with clients or colleagues, which is convenient for both parties.
This setup also allows employees to attend meetings virtually while maintaining professional etiquette and dress code.
Work Supervision Has Evolved
As employers adapt to the changes, so have how they oversee their employees. It includes changing how their employees are supervised. Supervision has increasingly become a technology-based setup, which employers have to pay close attention to ensure they’re able to continue supervising their employees.
Employees have started taking more responsibility for their own work, which technology supports. The more employees can complete their work independently, the more employers will have the flexibility to let them work in the way they see fit without keeping a close eye on them. It has caused many businesses to rethink their supervision systems and find a more efficient way of doing so.
What Does This Say About the Future of Businesses?
It will be interesting to see how further technological advancements in remote work will affect working arrangements and how businesses are run. The future of the workforce is moving increasingly into an independent setting. More businesses are embracing technology to streamline their operations and improve their processes.
Technology is, after all, the key to productivity, which is why businesses need to embrace it.
It’s Time to Rethink and Revisit Your Independent Contractor Management Systems
Change may be chaotic, but it’s a beautiful part of a company’s cycle. It only means that the business is thriving and doing the best of its ability to move forward despite the circumstances. The key, however, is to ensure that the systems in place can keep up with the change so that employees are not left with outdated processes.
Talk to us at ClearPath today to see how we can help.