When your employees are happy and outperforming, it's because they are finding that purpose, connection, and meaning that is vital to the human spirit. But burnout can happen and solve for capacity overload is a must, to keep your teams in that perfect space.

Enter: the hybrid workforce of the future (aka full-time + freelancers!). The freelance workforce presents a flexible solution for employers and a welcomed-lift to your team.

To create an excellent freelance relationship, ensure you communicate and understand what workload they’re seeking—is it full time, part-time, a few hours a week? Set expectations with these workload parameters in mind. And remember: It is still important for external partners to understand your culture and work within those boundaries.

Another top tip for successfully utilizing this hybrid workforce: At the inception, ensure you communicate and understand what workload everyone on your team seeks: part-time, a few hours a week, eventual full-time conversion? Setting clear expectations on both sides of this relationship allows for harmonious work and smart resourcing.  Being able to leverage a tool like Workday for Enterprise organizations or a plug and play Smartsheet to effectively resource plan is an absolute must to ensuring you are understanding the capacity and capability of your talent.

And remember: It is still important for external partners to understand your culture,  your mindset, and your approach, and to work within those boundaries.

livingHR Founder & C.E.O., Keri Higgins-Bigelow shared her thoughts on this subject with the Forbes community, check out what a few of her colleagues also included!

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