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’.

About Terry Williams - The Brain-Based Boss

I'm all about engaging people and helping you engage yours to influence behaviour to improve results - at work and at home. Maybe you're a manager, a salesperson, a leader, a parent, a presenter or an event organiser? You need to grab your people's attention, create some rapport, be memorable and influence behaviour change. How can we do that? I'm originally a trainer by trade, turned manager, turned comedian and partway back again. Author of 'THE GUIDE: How to kiss, get a job & other stuff you need to know', I write and speak about how to engage people, be they employees, family or yourself. How can we connect with people’s own internal motivations and help them use their own inner passions to drive towards productivity, success and happiness? And hopefully have a few laughs along the way... As a trainer facilitating learning and development in others, I find myself drawing on my own extensive business experience. I specialise in the delivery of high impact, customised training solutions for organisations that are serious about improving the performance and lives of their people.

Posted on December 12, 2012, in Employee Engagement, Personal Productivity, Workplace Of Choice and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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