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Employee Matters Bulletin
Pros And Cons Of Hiring A Virtual Assistant
A virtual assistant (VA) handles administrative and operational tasks, including writing your email newsletters, managing social media accounts, and making travel arrangements. Before you hire a VA, learn the pros and cons so you can avoid common VA risks.
Pros of Hiring a VA
Reduce the need to hire and train a full-time employee when you utilize a VA as needed. You pay an hourly or per-project rate and won’t need to cover insurance or supplies since virtual assistants work as independent contractors.
Instead of spending hours performing data entry or researching industry trends, hire a virtual assistant with expertise in those areas. Invest your time in business functions only you can perform.
Experienced virtual assistants can help you manage workflow as needed. Even during busy seasons, you can keep your business moving forward with efficiency and organization.
A VA can work from anywhere, which means you could hire someone in a different time zone to finish a project while you sleep. You could even hire a VA agency and gain access to multiple VAs with numerous skills.
In-house employees may not be compatible with you or your company culture, but you can test multiple VAs until you find the perfect fit.
Cons of Hiring a VA
Although you can delegate dozens of tasks to a VA, someone still needs to oversee the hiring, project prep, and communication processes. These tasks require valuable time.
Virtual assistants do possess numerous skills, but they may occasionally submit work that doesn’t meet your specific needs or exacting standards. You’ll have to inspect submitted work to ensure it's right.
. VAs work from every corner of the globe. You may need to adjust to different language accents, time zones, work ethics, and cultures as you communicate and work with a VA.
Cope with accessibility limitations.
Despite their flexibility, virtual assistants do have limitations. They may take on other clients or go on vacation, making them unavailable for your tasks. Or they may not own compatible software or technology tools, which hinders your projects and deadlines.
Manage data breach risks.
If you share confidential or proprietary information with a virtual assistant, that data could be compromised. Prepare to manage this risk.
A virtual assistant can help your company succeed, but they do include risks. Weigh the pros and cons as you make the right decision for your business.
What is a Voluntary Legal Insurance Plan and Why You Need It
Many employers offer numerous benefits to employees. These benefits improve morale and productivity and allow employees to better plan their finances and futures. A typical benefits package may include health insurance and a retirement plan, however your employer could also offer voluntary benefits such as life insurance, dental and vision coverage and critical illness insurance.
Legal insurance is another voluntary benefit your employer may offer. It works like health insurance. You pay a premium from every paycheck and receive access to legal advice from a network of experienced and vetted attorneys. Understand this coverage as you decide if it's right for you.
Why You Need Voluntary Legal Insurance
If you've ever needed to contact a lawyer, you know how intimidating and expensive it can be. First, you have to find an attorney who specializes in your situation. Then you have to decide if you can afford the fees. The process takes time and can be scary as you face legal issues that threaten your financial security and peace of mind.
Voluntary legal insurance relieves the burden of finding an attorney and paying the fees. You save time since you have access to a network of local and national attorneys who specialize in your specific legal challenges. You also save money since you don't have to worry about paying for the consultation and services you need. This coverage helps you manage your legal costs and protects your security and peace.
What Does Voluntary Legal Insurance Cover?
Every legal insurance plan is different. In general, voluntary legal insurance covers advice and consultation services about a variety of personal legal matters, including:
Identity theft issues
Elder care matters
Family law concerns
Domestic relations and other family related matters
Wills and estate planning
Power of attorney establishment
Real estate matters
Personal injury claims
Civil litigation/consumer transactions
Depending on your coverage, you may also receive access to DIY legal documents, an online legal library and customer care center access. You could also receive a reduction in fees when you consult a network attorney about matters related to non-covered, non-excluded issues.
How Legal Insurance Works
To enroll in your employer's voluntary legal insurance plan, contact your Human Resources manager. When you're approved, you receive a detailed Schedule of Benefits, and payments are deducted from your paycheck. Your attorney will complete the claim form you submit to your Human Resources manager or insurance agent.
If your employer participates in a voluntary legal insurance plan, consider signing up for coverage. You'll gain practical assistance and guidance from a qualified attorney and receive peace of mind.
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