Flexibility in the how, when and where employees work is not just a perk for working parents – it’s smart business strategy. However, having a policy that allows employees to work remotely doesn’t always incorporate training for managers who may not know how to manage employees virtually.
How is managing employees remotely different than when they are in the office?
How do you navigate the dizzying array of tools and communication technology programs available?
How do you hold employees accountable for their work if they aren’t actually in the office?
What best practices and guidelines exist outside your organization that you could use?
These are just a few questions managers may have when their inclination is to support employees working remotely, but they may not necessarily have the skill set required to manage them. Here are a few resources, geared toward employers and managers, to get started, along with some popular business press articles that show the increasing coverage telework has been getting lately.
Our Communication Technology survey highlights the importance of helping employees manage electronic communications and the “always on” aspect of work, but most of the telework resources on our site are geared toward the employee instead of the manager. We did a little digging, though, and found some additional resources that may be helpful.
Books on Managing Teleworkers
Miscellaneous Resources and Popular Press Articles
A variety of resources can be found on: globalworkplaceanalytics.com
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