Out of Office

Can Flexible Work Options Attract Top Talent?

We frequently espouse the idea that offering flexible work arrangements such as working Out Of Office helps you recruit and retain the best staff. Andrea Duke has written an article that examines this idea, and concludes:

So, when it comes to recruiting and retaining top-tier talent, throw out that laundry list of “unique” benefits and opt for those that will have a significant impact on your employees and their ability to maintain a work-life balance.

Read Andrea’s article in full at WorkFlexibility.org…

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How to Connect Out-Of-Office Workers In Person

How to Connect Out-Of-Office Workers In Person

We talk a lot about how to make out of office work effective. But there are still benefits to meeting in person – even if it only happens occasionally. In this episode, we look at various scenarios for in-person meetings, as well as their pros and cons.

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5 Ways to Be Productive While Enjoying the Outdoors

One of the great things about working Out Of Office is that you can work from almost anywhere, including the great outdoors. Jennifer Parris suggests five ways you can be productive when you’re outdoors:

  • Being away from your desk can be a great way to clear your mind so you can focus a single issue
  • Similarly, uncluttering your thoughts can lead to inspirational ideas
  • When inspiration strikes, record your thoughts on your smartphone
  • Maintain connectivity to the Internet by setting up your smartphone as a mobile hotspot
  • Catch up on the latest news and developments by listening to podcasts by leaders in your area of expertise

I’d add that simply relaxing and enjoying the outdoors is a great way to recharge, and in so doing, avoid the fatigue that can sap productivity.

Read Jennifer’s article in full.

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Getting the Most From Your Remote Workforce

Entrepreneur.com published an article, Getting the Most From Your Remote Workforce, to help leaders get the most of out of their Out of Office workers. Their list includes:

  • Improve communication.
  • Chart productivity.
  • Hire Appropriately.
  • Create the Right Team Atmosphere.
  • Make Troubleshooting Staff Available.

Experienced leaders will be doing some of these things anyway – but it’s a useful checklist for everybody.

Read the full article here.

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Women in their 30s want higher pay over flexibility

We have often said one of the main benefits of Out of Office work is the flexibility it offers employees. In fact, some surveys show that telecommuters are even willing to take a pay cut in exchange for this flexibility.

But that’s not always the case!

Recent research from the International Consortium for Executive Development Research suggests the opposite might be true for some people. In particular, women in their 30s want higher pay over flexibility.

This doesn’t apply to everybody, of course. And it doesn’t invalidate earlier research. It simply shows that everybody is different, and organisations who embrace that diversity are more likely to keep the best talent.

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Future Trends For Out of Office Work

Future Trends For Out of Office Work

Today we’ll discuss some recent technology developments that are significant for the future of work in general, and out-of-office work in particular.

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How to Attract Top Talent for Your Virtual Team

The quest for the best talent continues in most workplaces, and it’s even more important when you have an Out of Office team. Many workers see flexible work – including working from home – as a benefit, but don’t assume that’s all you have to offer in order to get the best people. The article How to Attract Top Talent for Your Virtual Team shares some of the pitfalls and lessons of a company that gradually shifted from in-office to Out of Office.

It looks at things like the company culture, the personality of the remote workers, and setting the right recruitment criteria.

Read the full article here.

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Make Workplace Flexibility a Strategy, Not a Perk

Working Out of Office is growing in popularity but it still has some way to go before it becomes a mainstream way of working. One of the obstacles on the path to mainstream acceptance is employers regarding flexible work arrangements such as telework to be a benefit or perk, rather than as a deliberate strategy for recruiting, retaining and engaging staff. Speakers at a recent conference on flexible work listed several key aspects of successful Out of Office work programmes:

  • Senior managers embrace telework as a strategy and an essential element of organizational success.
  • The program is informal, meaning that employees don’t have rigid requirements on when they need to be in the office.
  • Employers measure whether work is getting done and not the amount of time people spend in the office.
  • Employees feel free to request telework.

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Make working from home work for you

Many people look enviously at people who work from home, but they sometimes struggle when they are given the same opportunity. Working from home involves more than just a good Internet connection and a dedicated home office. That’s a good start, but it takes much more to make this successful – especially in the long term.

The article Make working from home work for you lists “13 home working must-haves”. Not surprisingly, a good Internet connection and a comfortable work space do make the list, but so do some other less obvious things.

Read the full article here.

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Charles Duhigg: 8 Top Tips for Productivity

Charles Duhigg is a Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist, and the author of “Smarter Faster Better – The Secrets of Being Productive In Life and Business”. Charles was recently interviewed on the Virgin Podcast, in which he shared the following productivity tips:

  • Motivate yourself
  • Look for elements that you enjoy
  • Focus on building mental models
  • Set goals
  • Don’t get caught up in decision making
  • Draw on your own experiences
  • Delegate
  • Embrace panic

Listen to the interview and read Richard Branson’s accompanying blog article.

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