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Managing Conflict in Distributed Teams – Part One

Conflicts are inevitable in any workplace, but can be particularly challenging in distributed teams, where team members don’t work in the same office. As a leader, it’s important to understand these differences, so you can prevent conflicts before they occur if possible, and address them promptly when they do occur.

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Collaborative Overload

Collaborative Overload

We now have so many ways to collaborate – faster, more efficiently, and with more people. But is collaboration always such a good thing? Too much of it can lead to collaborative overload, which stifles decision-making, puts pressure on key people in your team, and defeats the purpose of having a smart, diverse, team.

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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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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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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.

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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

Professional Development for Distributed Teams

Professional Development

Members of distributed teams value and expect opportunities for professional development just as much as in-office team members. As a leader or manager, you might need to be proactive and innovative to find ways to help accelerate the experience curve for your distributed team members.

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Managing External Experts

Managing External Experts

External workers (freelancers, contractors, consultants, gigsters) make up an increasing proportion of the workforce. Leading external workers presents both challenges and opportunities, and it’s a leadership skill that will be increasingly valuable in our future.

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Global Teams At Work

Global Teams At Work

In an increasingly connected world, it’s important for leaders to understand the special dynamics of global teams, so they can reduce the perceived distance, manage time differences, and embrace diversity across cultures.

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A Day in the Life of a Future Out Of Office Worker

A Day in the Life of a Future Out Of Office Worker

What will work look like in the near future? In this episode, we walk through a typical workday of a future Out of Office worker.

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The Workplace of the Future

The Workplace of the FutureFor the last 200 years, the office with a permanent staff has been the default work environment of the knowledge worker. But it wasn’t in the past, and it’s not necessarily the best for the future. What would the workplace look like if offices weren’t an option?

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