Work attitude when you are working at Odesk
Constance V. 5 posts - France - Joined Oct 28 2011
Our company has been working with Odesk for a year now and in order to improve situations between contractors and clients we would like to share the following with you:
Odesk is a great agency to find people for specific needs. Not all projects within a company are big or need greatly specialized people and here Odesk fulfills a niche.
The problem here is that obviously quite some clients take advantage of the fact that people have their mercenary reasons to find jobs on Odesk and in the end use this need to pay as less as possible. Within reason this is understandable. On the other hand some clients are obviously taking advantage of people needing jobs badly by offering less and less. We think that is deplorable, but as long as contractors accept low offers and bid even lower it is a question of supply and demand. We do wonder how much Odesk can do to stop this spiraling down.
Regarding the contractors we would like to remark the following:
We have the impression that often contractors do not take the jobs seriously enough. It is true that Odesk gives ample opportunity to find people you just don't find when you are going through consulting firms or web agencies for a rather low price. It's just that when the contractor decides to do the job he or she should not get lax when things are not running as smoothly as they wish. When everything is said and done: when you bid on a job, you must be prepared to work accordingly.
Our less positive experiences with contractors on a project:
-Becoming lax and less motivated
-Taking on other projects and becoming less focused on the job they have been hired for.
-Taking sudden time off, disappearing 'out of sight' for personal reasons in other words: not adapting a professional attitude.
- having too much an own idea about what the project should entail. It must be stressed that the client is the one to decide what should be done and not the contractor.
- contractors sometimes become easily offended if the client has criticism or wants things changed. It would be good for contractors to realize that they are hired for a project. Criticism will be hardly on a personal level and must be possible.
Most important is that contractors must realize they are entering a professional contract, nothing else with a client. Just do the job right and nobody will be complaining.
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