In a traditional management style managers assign their subordinates with tasks to do. Microcontracts replaces that approach with a free market mechanism:
With many microjob opportunities vendors create their proposals to better achieve their goals. For the jobs vendor really wants to get he can offer lower price or come up with some extra offering. When doesn't like some jobs but still can do them, he can come up with the more expensive proposal, so that he can at least be well compensated with money.
There are many factors affecting job satisfaction:
Having enough opportunities, a vendor can tailor his proposals and get the jobs on conditions helping him to get the most satisfaction from the work life.
All important aspects of the job should be specified and agreed before starting the work. This makes both parties think about what are the essential aspects of the job, and clarify them. The rest is left to vendor's best judgement and is the freedom in how to do this particular job.
Giving freedom in how to do the work helps vendor to find the best approach to the job, unleash his creativity, feel like the responsible author of the job trusted to make decisions about it.
Most often than not work is 9 to 5, Monday to Friday, onsite. Sometimes there are reasons for it: work environment and tools can to do the physical work, business hours of the customer facing service. Other times there are no reasons other than inertia and the need to control and micromanage employees.
Organizing the work through microcontracts means defining the important aspects of every bit of work only. The parameters of a microcontract are price, deadline and key requirements. The rest is left up to the vendor. It doesn't matter if that job is done in regular work hours or weekends, early mornings or late nights.
Having time and location flexibility tremendously increases team members' quality of life. It also improves their professional capabilities: creativity, capacity and enthusiasm. Additionally, it can save you money on office expenses, and control activities.
Microcontracts helps to get rid of fixed 40 hours work week notion. Every person manages his own workload depending on demand for the work and his own capabilities.Some vendors may decide to engage more where there are interesting or well paid jobs available. Others might scale down their engagement during summer period or some personal events.
After all, hours put in don’t really matter, only results do. People themselves can manage their time better than anybody else can do it for them. They know the best if they have the capacity to take on more work or not, when they can deliver, how much effort it will take and how much it will cost.
Freedom in work is the possibility to choose what, how, when and where, and how much to work. Microcontracts approach helps to make a world of difference in all these areas.