Spirit of Purpose · 6 Ways to Manage Remote Team Members It goes without saying that managing remotely differs from managing in-person.  No more managing-by-walking-around.  There are fewer opportunities to give spontaneous feedback.  Standing and ad hoc meetings may still happen, but the rules are not exactly the same. Harvard Business Review contributor Sabina Nawaz offers 6 great […]

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Here are four quick tips from Harvard Business Review that can help you adapt to the unusual work conditions sparked by the Coronavirus. Try to accept that each coworker copes differently.  Some might be optimistic and others pessimistic.  Some may have trouble finding a quiet place to work or be worried about older relatives.  Circumstances for each person vary, […]

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I hear from leaders I coach that they’re concerned about how their employees are doing, but they’re afraid to intrude and overstep their boundaries.  An article in the Washington Post argues that allowing loneliness to set in is a health risk.   We humans are social beings.  Research shows that people who live alone, or report feeling lonely, […]

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As so many get used to working from home, new feelings may arise about co-workers.  Not only has our physical space changed, so has our intimate knowledge of each other’s lives.  Harvard Business Review’s Amy Gallo spoke to experts to get some advice on these shifting interpersonal dynamics. Stanford’s Monica Worline says we must accept that our […]

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Leaders who are managing part or all of their teams remotely may be doing so for the first time.  Gallup suggests keeping these four things in mind as you chart these untested waters.  Individualize your approach.  Doing this from a distance may require greater intentionality.  Find out what conditions each team member works best under, their workflow concerns […]

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Once the Coronavirus scare passes, Gallup warns that employee’s desire to work remotely may not.  Before our national lockdown, fifity-one percent of US workers said they’d quit their current job for one that allowed flexible working arrangements.  The off-site working trend, which has been growing steadily, is no longer a privilege.  Gallup says it has become the standard […]

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As Corona Virus increasingly dominates the headlines, companies should take this opportunity to develop or sure up their remote work-plans.  Not all organizations have workforces that can work remotely, but if you do, here are two suggestions from Harvard Business Review. Start by acknowledging that all or part of your workforce may need to work remotely.  Plan […]

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The rapidly spreading Corona Virus is a wake-up for organizations to make sure their business doesn’t suffer if there’s wide-scale quarantine.  Harvard Business Review has tips on how to plan for the possibility of large-scale remote operations.  Here are two. Once you’ve accepted that your organization could be affected and you’ve mapped out a cross-functional plan: Audit […]

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This week, my reports are dedicated to developing remote workplans.  The rapidly spreading Corona Virus has awakened many companies to the fact that they need well-developed plans in case wide-spread quarantines force employees to work from elsewhere.  Harvard Business Review says there may be a silver lining in this. For example, thinking through such plans could […]

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According to Gallup, companies that allow employees to work remotely not only increase engagement and retention, they also reduce their carbon footprint.  When employees work at home, they use less paper, less electricity and produce less solid waste. In addition, they drive fewer miles and emit less carbon dioxide.  Sun Microsystems reported that when they allowed 24,000 […]

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Recently, government agencies have started to pull back on their telework arrangements.  As a result, one agency found no increase in productivity.  But sick leave and vacation requests increased, and two-thirds of employees considered quitting.  Today’s workforce has embraced jobs they can do remotely.  What was once seen as a special privilege is now an expectation.  For companies to attract […]

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