Are Your People Even Remotely Engaged?
Telecommuting, working from home, remote working or pyjama time – whatever you call it – does it lead to greater employer engagement? This article says, “Yes.” I would say, “Yes it can if managed effectively.”
The writer makes some good points:
1. Proximity breeds complacency
2. Absence makes people try harder to connect
3. Leaders of virtual teams make better use of tools
4. Leaders of far-flung teams maximize the time spent together
It’s kind of sad though, that potentially one of the main drivers of improving someone’s engagement with their work is a greater distance from you – their boss.
I think I agree with the writer’s points 3 and 4 particularly as they are a reflection of my remark about remote workers being more engaged if “managed effectively.” Just hurling people back to their homes, selling their desks and expecting magical pixie dust to sprinkle down and engaged productivity to occur is crazy.They’re just as likely to go bush or loco if left isolated. They still need all the structure and goals etc of good management and the vision and passion of good leadership. They just need it ‘delivered’ instead of ‘pickup’.
Posted on December 12, 2012, in Employee Engagement, Personal Productivity, Workplace Of Choice and tagged Brain Based Boss, employee engagement, Influence, remote working, telecommuting, workplace of choice. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.