Embrace the work, not the office
I have written countless stories about the modern way to work and how the central office is becoming a thing of the past. The core of all these articles is to embrace work itself and not the location you deliver it from.
Today, “going to work” doesn’t necessarily specify where you go, but what you do. Mobile technology and communications tools empower the deskless workforce to tackle responsibilities on the go, from anywhere at any time. Surprisingly, remote workers report feeling more productive outside the central office, according to a recent survey. As much as we need meetings, love our office chatter, and gravitate toward other distractions, these dispersed employees actually feel happier, more valued, and more focused.
One major challenge is the fact that decision makers are often among those that are in the head office. And if they leave the office, their schedule is packed and well organized, so they never see the real challenges of working on-the-go. I encourage you to get out and feel what your employees feel. Only if you experience how work results regardless of the location, then can you imagine what your employees experience on the road, on the store floor, or in the hospital hallways every day.
But remote work comes with challenges. How do employees remain part of a company culture and engage colleagues beyond in-person interactions? I see it here at Sitrion. Our team operates across various locations and even continents, whether it’s at our corporate headquarters, a local coffee shop, or from home. Frequent contact between management and employees becomes critical – and believe me, it is hard. As is maintaining clear communication of goals and transparency on all level. All my meetings are held via video to make it a personal interaction. Company-wide meetings are streamed live and recorded for later viewing, and any questions can be asked and then answered.
As I wrote a piece for Recruiter this month, I reflected on what this means for business leaders trying to maintain productivity and employee relationships across physical distance. I boiled it down to three keys elements: Reach people, make it simple and keep a personal touch. Now reading it again, I would boil it even down to further: Embrace the work, not the office.
Read the whole article here:
The Central Office is Dying. Long Live the Remote Workforce!
Recruiter - by Daniel Kraft – March 2, 2017