Employees need employers to tell them what to do.
We’re not talking about barking orders at people or morphing into a quasi-dictator. Employees are expensive. That means you have to keep them busy to make them worth the cost.
And since most people are content with doing as little as possible, getting a paycheck, taking their vacation time, and going home, keeping people busy is a full-time job in and of itself.
Don’t believe us? Just think about any brick-and-mortar office you’ve worked in.
There are employees who make a career out of looking busy. You know exactly what we mean. You’re probably reciting their names in your head right now.
You’ve made a full-time hire. That means you’ve purchased 40 hours of their time in daily blocks of 8-hour segments. The employee is not going to feel bad if they only use 25 hours of their allotted 40 hours. They did what they were told was expected of them.
The one who loses is you!
What if you needed someone to fill a position but only had enough work to keep them busy for 20 hours a week? You’d have to go searching for a part-time employee. Many times the best, most-qualified people aren’t looking for part-time work. That means you have to settle for less.
The end result is that you have 20 hours of work but hire a full-time person for 40 hours a week.
You lose. Again. On every front.
But your job isn’t to monitor the 40 hours you’re paying someone to keep them busy. Your time is too valuable for that.
In fact, we’d argue that you couldn’t afford your hourly rate if you calculated how much time it takes you to get other people to do the job for which they were hired.