Remote vs. In-person

Many organizations are nowadays practicing some kind of distributed work management. Typically some employees in some departments are working out of office in a while it’s because it’s convenient to them or they have some emergency at home that has made it temporarily necessary, or they just needed a quiet place to complete a report. It is tolerated sometimes for some individuals primarily because they are highly competent and they have threatened to leave the company if they can’t work flexibly. But sometimes these kind of ad hoc efforts cause jealousy and resentment among other employees, which they see as a highly desirable perk. Today, however, with the proliferation of low-cost conference calling and internet web conferencing, it’s not just about staying in touch with remote individuals; distributed project teams have become far more common in many organizations. It’s true that managing office work remotely is not so difficult. If the team understands what’s needed, understands the goals and can meet deadlines, it just isn’t necessary to be in the same room with them, or even meet them. I know of more than one successful company made up of staff based all over the world who will never actually meet each other. It can work. However, allowing employees to work remotely isn’t just a matter of tossing people out of their assigned workplaces and having them do the same work from different places. When face-to-face interaction is restricted and replaced […]

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