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How Fractional Hybrid Workforces Can Benefit Churches

In this episode, I’ll talk with BELAY’s own Ryan Fitzgerald, our Director of Marketing. 

He’ll talk about his experience with managing hybrid teams in a church setting and the various benefits of fractional, hybrid workforces for churches and nonprofits. 

Business owners and church leaders who are on the fence about remote work should get a lot from this episode.


Here are some takeaways he shared:


1. As a society, we're continuing to move more toward a hybrid workforce.

What we’re seeing across the board with a remote and hybrid workforce is that when you embrace new ways to hire and new ways to solve problems, you get greater impact.

Simply put, when you maximize efficiencies, you foster long-term commitment. And honestly, it ends up preventing turnover. It is a new solution to an old problem that has better solutions and better outcomes than previously.

In 2017, 5.2% of staff worked from home. And as of 2022, we were at 53%.

So if you hire for an in-person role, you’ve already disqualified half of the workforce meaning the quality of the staff that you can hire is half as good as it was before. 

Because of that, you’re limiting yourself if you don’t imagine and reimagine the new and different ways to staff your business.


2. By embracing new and modern ways to staff, you have a better shot at long-term retention.

How are you resourcing your high-capacity leaders to be successful? By providing them with fractional assistance, you’re giving them a little bit of time and support, along with the ability to accomplish more faster. 

And all of a sudden you’ve given them the resources to be successful. And so they’re more willing to stay longer term. At the same time, those virtual staff are willing to stay longer because you’ve given them flexibility.


3. Engaging in new and different staffing gives you more cost-effective, safer ways to grow leaders.

When you have young leaders who are super high-capacity, you are trying to find steps for them to take in their leadership.

And being able to give them fractional support — whether it’s a gig economy type role, a creative role or it’s a Virtual Assistant — gives them some really low-stakes management and delegation experience that you can then coach them, in a much safer way, on how to manage people.

Being able to learn that skill when no one else is looking and then grow into that is going to help teams grow stronger over time.


Thanks to the internet and internet-enabled devices, world-class church leaders know that hiring remote support is the way of the future – and the future is now.

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