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By definition, an Out of Office team has some or all of its members working remotely – and that raises important communication challenges. You might think you’re good at communicating remotely, but are you really? The article Five Keys to Communicating Remotely suggests five techniques to improve your communication with remote team members.
- Choose your tool wisely.
- Focus on the message received.
- Listen more carefully.
- Think about more than your message.
- Be more intentional.
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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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.
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.
As work teams become more fluid, managers and leaders not only need to understand how to lead full-time Out of Office workers, but other types of workers as well. One growing sector is the freelancer community (also known as the “gig economy”). It’s easy to treat freelancers as simply resources who do one-off jobs. But that ignores the skills, talents, and unique experiences of these freelancers.
The Harvard Business Review article “Performance Management in the Gig Economy” gives leaders a number of ideas for getting more out of these freelancers:
- Share context
- Measure more than cost, schedule, and quality
- Encourage agile talent to communicate concerns before problems bloom
- Demonstrate two-way feedback
- Make sure the right managers are supervising your agile talent
- Acknowledge excellence and share the news
The whole concept of work-life balance has changed, especially in this 24/7 “always on” world. Out of Office workers need to find their own balance between their work life and their outside-work life, but this is increasingly important for in-office workers as well.
Sharif Khalladi talks about the importance of “work-life integration” rather than “work-life balance”. In other words, “instead of separating work and home life, they intertwine and coexist side by side.”
Geoff McDonald is a futurist and innovator, who is just brilliant at spotting patterns and trends.
In his blog post “The End of the Desk: 3 Massive Workplace Trends”, he talks about three big changes affecting all workplaces:
- Mobile Everything
- From Visual to Audio
- Sitting is the new Smoking
You probably aren’t surprised by the first, but the other two might be new ideas. Read the full blog post here.
There’s a common belief that innovation and synergy are weaker in distributed teams, because people don’t bump into each other to spark great ideas. However, that’s not necessarily true. It is possible, as long as you overcome the natural “out of sight, out of mind” bias against your remote workers.
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