Often, an employee must perform services in the order or sequence set by an employer.
This requirement by the employer is a factor of control because it shows that the
worker is not free to follow his or her own pattern of work; instead, the worker must
follow the established routines and schedules of the employer.
In some occupations, the employer either does not set the order of the services or
sets them infrequently. It is sufficient to show control if the employer retains the
right to do so.
EXAMPLE: An outside commission salesperson is permitted great latitude in mapping out activities
and may work “on his or her own” to a considerable degree. At the direction of the
employer, the worker must report to the office at specified times, follow up on leads
and perform certain tasks at certain times. Such directions interfere with and take
preference over the salesperson's own routines or plans, thus indicating control.