Consultants Guide to Virtual Employees: Book Review

I recently received a review copy of The Virtual Manager by Kevin Sheridan (published by Career Press).

Kevin Sheridan is the CEO of HR Solutions Inc and his bio states he’s consulted for some of the world’s top companies and speaks regularly at conferences.

Here at Consulting Success and with my other businesses we’ve been using a virtual workforce for quite some time. I’ve discussed several platforms to work with virtual teams including oDesk and Elance.

In fact, for the last 5 years or more I’ve worked with professionals around the world and have outsourced certain tasks and aspects of consulting projects where it made sense to.

This isn’t anything new to me, and has become somewhat common practice. That’s why I was surprised to find such a detailed book on working with virtual employees…not because I didn’t think one existed, but more because I had never given it any thought.

Kevin Sheridan’s book will be a very worthwhile read for some people however.

82 percent of Fortune Magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For already have virtual work policies in place.

More companies are making use of virtual workforces. And it makes sense. As Sheridan explains, virtual work situations attract top talent. Not only are you able to work with the very best anywhere in the world, more professionals appreciate the opportunity to work from home. Sheridan provides data which explains that many people will accept a lower salary when they are able to work virtually.

Who Will Find the Most Value in This Book?

  • If you’re brand new to the world of outsourcing and working with virtual employees, you likely have many questions on how to make the process efficient and effective. Sheridan’s book will give you all the answers.
  • The book is full of facts, data, and case studies of how companies like LinkedIn and Cisco manage their virtual workers.
  • One of the most valuable parts of the book is the 3 part interview process Sheridan shares. Using this will help you find the right employee or contractor and avoid many of the common hiring mistakes. Very valuable indeed.

The Book Also Covers:

  • A New Way of Doing Business: Virtual Teams
  • Building Trust in Virtual Teams
  • Qualities of Top Virtual Employees
  • What it All Boils Down to: Employee Engagement
  • The Top 10 Employee Engagement Drivers: Maximizing Them for Virtual Workers
  • Overcoming Challenges: Changing the Location Without Changing Organizational Principles
  • Managing People You Can’t See

Who Is the Book Not For?

If you manage or plan on managing a team of more than 2 or 3 virtual workers The Virtual Manager is a read well worth your time. However, if you or your team has plans to outsource work to only a couple contractors I think you’ll find the book a bit overwhelming.

The book is available on Amazon here.

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  • Ronny

    This is an interesting concept book. I have been contemplating the best ways to grow my team and this could really be help for me. Thank you!

    • http://www.consulting-business.com Michael Zipursky

      Hi Ronny – I think you’ll find this book helpful then. Best of luck.