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Three Tips for Managing a Contingent Workforce with Facebook Global Program Manager Colin McDonagh

By November 9, 2021No Comments
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Colin McDonagh first supported a contingent workforce while working in the hospitality industry when he connected kitchen porters and chefs to their next temporary gig. Helping people through career transitions was an instant passion for Colin.

Now Colin McDonagh shapes the future of distributed work as Facebook’s Global Program Manager, where he manages thousands of contractors around the world. In the most recent Forge Ahead podcast episode, Colin shares key insights on the evolution of work and how to attract, engage, and maintain talent anywhere in the world.

1. Be Honest

It’s paramount that entrepreneurs are transparent with their employees.

Though it’s sometimes hard to communicate both the good and the bad, employees appreciate being in the loop. Clear communication helps build mutual trust and respect.

“If you have to have people in your offices, if you’re unable to go remote in a particular location, just be transparent,” Colin said. “Your employees will appreciate that level of honesty and they’ll commit to delivering the company’s goals.”

The pandemic is a time of great uncertainty, so employees will feel more secure if they’re kept up to speed with company happenings.

2. Slow Down

If you rush through a project, you’ll probably have to do it over again. Instead, slow down, collect your thoughts and move forward when you’ve assessed your next steps. By going slowly, you’re actually saving time by smoothing out your processes.

“There are always periods where things are too busy and you’re rushing and making decisions too quickly, not really assessing what the problem is,” Colin said. “Actually take that time to say, okay, what are we trying to solve here? What went wrong here? I think we just need to be more conscious of the hours in the day that we have and how we use them.”

Even if you’re tempted to rush, spare yourself the frustration later and take a second look at the situation.

3. Embrace Change

Change can be stressful and keep you up at night, imagining all the things that could go wrong. But it can also be an invitation for growth and learning. After a period of change, you can look back and think of how far your business has come.

“Take risks, go for it,” Colin said. “Take the chance. I think so many people were scared about remote work less than a year ago. And now organizations are coming on that journey. You have to take the opportunities to learn.”

Think about where your company was in January 2020. You’ve rolled with the punches and come out stronger. Your own success is a testament to the power of embracing change and saying yes to new ideas.

Visit the Forge Ahead homepage to hear our entire conversation with Colin and other guests.