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4 Tips For Leading Teams Of Freelancers

“How do you manage someone you’ve never met in person? And how do you gain loyalty from somebody who works for you 10 hours a week?”

These are two of the intriguing questions Justin Crawford asks in his article 4 Tips For Leading Teams Of Freelancers. The article is aimed at leaders and managers who outsource work, but it applies equally if you have telecommuters and other Out of Office workers in your team.

It only offers four pieces of advice, but they are valuable to any manager faced with this situation for the first time.

The Future of Learning

In the past, the most common development choice was a training course, but now there are many other options. And, of course, Out of Office workers aren’t always able to come in to the office for training courses with the rest of the team.

Besides, the traditional training course isn’t always the best option anyway, even if it’s easy to do. By tapping into a variety of ways to accelerate learning in your organisation, you cater to individual needs, build on existing knowledge, and create exponential learning.

I covered this topic recently in a webinar, which will help you go beyond the traditional training course as a tool for learning and development.

The Future Proof Webinar Series

This is a webinar from my Future Proof webinar series, which will keep you in touch with our future – what’s ahead, what it means for us, and how to stay ahead of the game.

Register here

Five-Hour Workday Improves Productivity & Work-Life Balance

The video below showcases a company who switched to a five-hour workday, and in so doing, increased workplace productivity and the work-life balance of its employees.

This article explains the benefits of a five-hour workday, including:

Putting time constraints on the workday forces workers to look at their jobs differently, to see where they can be more productive. At Tower, everyone in the company actively analyzes what they’re doing right—and what they’re doing wrong—in order to achieve maximum efficiency.

You can find out more in The Five Hour Workday book by Stephan Aarstol, the CEO of Tower Paddle Boards.

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…

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.

Listen to the episode here:

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.

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.

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.

Read more…

25 Reasons to Let Your Employees Work Out Of Office

25 Reasons to Let Your Employees Work Out Of Office

If you’re a leader or manager wondering whether to allow some of your team to work away from the office, we’ll give you 25 reasons why it might be the right thing to do – for you, them, and your future success.

Listen to the episode here:

The 25 Reasons

Improve Productivity

People are more productive working from home, despite the fear they will slack off.

  1. No more commutes
    Australians spend 4.4 hours a week commuting

  2. Fewer interruptions and distractions
  3. Fewer sick days
    They even work when they’re sick!

Improve Work Flows/Performance

  1. Meetings become more efficient
  2. Collaboration is improved
  3. Deferred communication reduces wasted time
  4. You can operate 24/7

Happier, Healthier Workers

  1. They are happier
    You’re 87% more likely to love your job if you work from home

  2. And healthier
  3. They suffer less stress
    82% of telecommuters report they have lower stress since they started telecommuting

Talent Management

  1. Not restricted by location
  2. Freelance talent markets open up
  3. Employees want it
    70% of workers would rather telecommute than work in an office
    GWA suggests this number is higher

  4. Attract Gen Ys
  5. Be competitive
  6. Keep them when their personal circumstances change
  7. Help them move
  8. Keep Gen Ys
  9. Keep experienced workers

Lower Costs

  1. Office costs
    GWA has an online calculator

  2. HR costs

Fit for the Future

  1. Natural fit for the skills of the future
    The Institute of the Future has identified 10 key skills of the future

  2. You’re preparing yourself for future distributed work
  3. You become a better leader

Are Your Managers Prepared for the Future of Work?

There’s a lot of talk about the future of work, and much of it is centred around technology. But the biggest factor that will determine your success – or failure – is not technology, but people.

The article The Future Of Work Is Here: Are Your Managers Prepared? lists five aspects about the future of work that will affect your bottom line:

  • Productivity
  • Technology
  • Big Data
  • Organizational Structure
  • Leadership

Read the full article here.

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