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Remote working in the post-pandemic world

Jan Schwarz | 26 May 2020

When the coronavirus pandemic is over, many businesses will have to decide if, when and how they will bring employees back to the office, or whether they will keep encouraging staff to work from home.

Home workers struggle with isolation

Nicola Hunt | 23 April 2020

A sense of isolation caused by a the loss of interaction with work colleagues is one of the biggest issues people are having to deal with whilst working from home.

The aches and pains of homeworking

Nicola Hunt | 23 April 2020

Half of those now working from home as a result of the coronavirus pandemic are experiencing physical pain due to poor home office set-ups, a new survey has found.

How to thrive while working from home

Tony Anticole | 22 April 2020

Despite its many benefits, many of us are also discovering the downsides of remote working and being physically distant from colleagues.

Homeworking feels good - and people don't want it to stop

Nicola Hunt | 20 April 2020

Almost seven in ten workers feel they are either more productive or equally productive working from home, but many fear that their employers will probably want to return to the status quo once the pandemic is over.

How do you manage distributed workers?

Rod Collins | 14 April 2020

As many managers are now discovering, traditional management isnít designed for a remote workforce. Instead, we need to make a rapid shift from centralized command-and-control structures into highly adaptive distributed networks.

How to manage employees remotely

Hannah Prince | 23 March 2020

Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, working from home is now the new normal. But for managers unused to remote team working, this could pose some serious challenges.

Collaborative technologies and the Coronavirus crisis

Sťbastien Ricard | 11 March 2020

With the global spread of Coronavirus, how can companies leverage the digital workplace to keep employees safe, limit the loss of productivity and adapt work practices successfully during the crisis?

A whole new ballgame?

Wayne Turmel | 14 January 2020

Adopting remote teams might seem like a whole new ball game, but itís the same game - just played on a slightly different field. The WHAT doesnít really change, it's the HOW that's different.

Are remote workers less loyal?

Wayne Turmel | 07 December 2016

Remote and virtual workers leave their jobs at a slightly higher rate than those who work in a fixed location. Are they simply ungrateful weasels, or can something else explain this increase in turnover?

The hidden history of remote working

Wayne Turmel | 20 September 2016

Forget Gartner studies and erudite articles in HBR, the way we work remotely today has come about through guesswork and trial-and-error. It was never planned - which is why organizations have a hard time dealing with it.

Reducing tensions in partly-virtual teams

Wayne Turmel | 28 July 2015

Hybrid teams - some people working in the office, some at home or elsewhere - are increasingly common. But they pose unique challenges, so a wise leader needs to be aware of the dynamics that can make them work.

Is team technology a barrier or an excuse?

Wayne Turmel | 17 April 2014

Technology is often used as an excuse for the poor management of remote teams. While it can certainly be a barrier, understanding team dynamics and offering training and resources can eliminate most of these. That just leaves the excuses.

Why virtual teams need special treatment

Wayne Turmel | 11 March 2014

The dynamics of working remotely are not the same as working face-to-face. So if you deal with a remote team in the same way as a co-located one, don't be surprised when the same leadership behaviors elicit different results.

Does your remote team really know each other?

Wayne Turmel | 25 February 2014

With today's fluid working environment, team members often don't know the strengths and weaknesses of the people they work with. And paradoxically, the fact that we are all tethered together electronically can make it even harder to get to know them.

Flexible workers are overwhelmingly men

Brian Amble | 24 February 2014

Far from being dominated by women juggling work and childcare, the ranks of remote workers in the US are overwhelmingly made up of men, a new survey has found.

Social interaction and remote teams

Wayne Turmel | 12 February 2014

Social interaction makes us happier and more productive. But that's a real issue when you're working remotely. So what can remote teams do to enhance interaction and create a good psychological environment to foster interaction and creativity?

Three keys to a successful remote team

Wayne Turmel | 21 January 2014

There are three factors that make up a successful remote team. Each is equally important. And while a remote team won't function without technology, that's only one piece of the jigsaw.

12 questions to measure team engagement

Wayne Turmel | 04 December 2013

How engaged in their work are the people in your team? How do you know? These questions are critical to all managers, whether they manage a team directly or have people spread across the planet over whom they don't have direct control.

Flexible jealousy

Chris Welford | 21 November 2013

This month, the old 'inputs vs outputs' question rears its head again in respect to flexible working. But as Chris Welford points out, it is delivery that counts, not the slavish adherence to a system or timetable.

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