Remote work program reduction can come with a number of challenges. According to the latest news reports, many employees are balking at the idea. The Annual Work Trend Index Report by Microsoft states that 50% of employers were looking to bring back employees to the office full time. Whereas 53% of employees are more likely…
ure and how to build it, is a hot topic these days. I see it popping up frequently in my Google Alerts and in social media comments. But as I read the article and the responses, I find myself shaking my head. Remote work culture is organizational culture. It’s not a separate construct. There is research and articles already available on organizational culture. These are just as effective at solving common culture challenges experienced by remote workers, teams and organizations.
The other day I was pondering a virtual communication variation of the classic tree falling in the woods scenario:
If a virtual leader shares information that no one ever sees or hears, have they really communicated?
The answer from many folks is a quite emphatic “No!” Why then do so many of us throw out information and say that we have communicated, when we haven’t been mindful about the medium of our message or the context of our receivers?
It happens – an invisible remote leader. Maybe you’ve experienced this: You’re having a highly productive morning, when suddenly you realize you haven’t received a response from your boss regarding that really important, time-sensitive project. You scroll through your emails and realize they haven’t sent you anything for the last two weeks. You check your instant messenger service: The boss is in a meeting. The boss is always in a meeting!
Whether you are a teleworker for a Fortune 100 company or an entrepreneur working from your home office, you know that how you start your morning can set you up for a great day – or an utterly miserable one. I’ve had my fair share of both, and I found that there are some key things – five of them in fact! – that you can do to help prep yourself for a day of success.
Remote work is once again having a surge forward in utilization due to a natural disaster, war or pestilence. Not familiar with past encounters? Jack Nilles, the father of teleworking, has a quick blog post on how this is not a new phenomenon. As remote work has again gone through a growth spurt, so has remote work research.