Fast Company recently shared an infographic about the economic, geographic, and productivity of working from home. See it here.
Archive for remote work teams
There’s been a lot of discussion lately about the pros and cons of working from home. Personally, although I telecommute, I don’t always work from home. Sometimes I work from the public library or other space where I can interact with people in a quiet, but less isolating, way. This week, an excellent Slideshare from writer and illustrator Veronica Maria Jarski, as part of the MarketingProfs educational content series. This presentation is in response to the recent announcement from Yahoo’s CEO that remote working would no longer be allowed, and all employees would work at their regional offices. You can view the slideshow here.
A dispersed team depends on people who can be productive without a boss roaming the hallways or a trusted co-worker sitting nearby. Team members should be motivated, disciplined, and flexible with their time, allowing them to connect with clients or co-workers in different time zones. People who like to quit at 5 p.m. aren’t the people who work well remotely. They also need to communicate clearly in writing (since e-mail and instant messaging are the new standard for daily communication) and should be willing to suggest ideas, ask for and offer help, make decisions, and collaborate.
Perhaps you’re an organization that is considering moving your work team off site. Or maybe you want to widen your employee pool by looking outside of your geographic area. You’ll likely have the challenge of managing a remote work force. While the basic concepts of human resources management still apply, keeping remote employees engaged and productive requires an additional set of skills. Read more