The general answer is yes, you can outsource a managerial role but there are some exceptions and industry-specific challenges.
By outsourcing I simply mean having someone take on a managerial role as a contractor rather than an employee. Often this means they work remotely (ie not in the business premises) but that is not always the case.
For example, I do the Communications Manager role (including being listed on an org chart) for some companies who don’t need a full time person – I write their materials and manage the relevant suppliers (designers and printers mostly) from a distance.
Outsourcing a manager role may not be effective in every case of course:
So next time you are considering a full time employee manager, think about whether or not you could outsource that role effectively.
If you have outsourced a managerial role, even on a short term basis, how did it go? Woud you do it again?