The past 8 days have made me ask this question. In fact, I have asked this question several times a day for those 8 days. Should I fire my virtual assistants and search for 2 more.
When I worked in the corporate world of Retail Grocery, I had to fire people. I would have to go through all of the disciplinary steps of warnings, write-ups, suspensions, etc. Honestly, I thought it was so that they quit instead of being fired, this no unemployment. Now I believe it gives the manager time to review options and reflect on if they can do an intervention instead of having to go through the task of interviewing, hiring and training.
I have 2 Virtual Assistants.
#1 has a full grasp of the English Language. He works quickly and is very efficient. He has even given me idea on how to photograph my items better.
#2 has good grasp of the English Language. His work is flawless. I can tell that he really needs this job and will do just about anything to make me happy.
Sounds great? I have the perfect virtual assistants! But wait, there’s more. Neither has put up 60 listings a week and neither has worked 15 hours a week. While my invoice at the end of the week is $60, my sales will not support this for very long.
I am literally holding on to 120 listings that I have photographed and outlined because they are around 90 listings behind. My inventory can’t be put away efficiently because it is in limbo.
I have discussed this with them in Hangouts and both have said they will get right to it. I will see 6-12 listings each go up, then nothing.
Today, I will go through my spreadsheet and make sure I have all my facts straight. Then I will tell each that the 60 listings a week are nonnegotiable. If not completed by noon Sunday my time, I will be hiring 2 more and not sending any work their way. Change the password and move on.
I have compassion for these two and know they need the money. However, I have a plan. It is to grow this business by hitting the maximize listing number. Their actions are not conducive to my plan.
End of story.
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