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3 tips for managing a remote workforce

Essential tips for Enterprise managing a remote workforce.

As business becomes more global teams can be dispersed across cities, time zones and continents. Thanks to changes in technology the concept of a fully or partially remote workforce is more  common than ever. However, managing people remotely can seem like a completely different challenge than managing people who you work in the same location with. Businesses need to think  about the framework to support managers to enhance the output of their remote teams.

So how do you do it?

Lines of communication

Implementing technology, such as remote-accessible servers, cloud-based messenger tools and video chat are cost-effective ways to manage this and gives managers a way to build rapport  with and maintain their teams output. Expanding on video chat, use it as much as you can. Research shows that the majority of communication is non-verbal. Email and instant messages can  lack the context of a...

Whats this BYOD (bring your own device) all about? What it means for your company and HR team.

We reported in our HR and business outlook for 2013 the increased emergence and in some cases reliance on BYOD (Bring your own device).

BYOD is the policy and acceptance of allowing employees to bring and use their own IT devices (typically phone, tablet, PC/Laptop) for work use

Recent research has found its use has grown rapidly in high growth markets like Russia and Brazil (where it’s reached close to 75% of companies) while in the USA and other mature markets it’s closer to 50%

You may think that BYOD is something companies have to specifically elect to do (they should), but it was surprising to read that almost half of BYOD use was unmonitored (either ignored by IT or unknown to IT).

So BYOD, whether you’ve implemented it or still on the fence or ruled it out, is here to stay and its use will likely only grow.

Benefits can include

Reduced IT capital spending
Increased productivity / program access
Improved morale/talent attraction – this last one is a bit...

Filling in an application form correctly

How to fill in application form the right way

An application form is often the first and most difficult stage of landing yourself a new job. It has becoming increasingly common trend in the job market for companies to ask applicants to fill in an application form rather than submitting a more general CV. While this approach can benefit the employer in many ways, it can be time-consuming and difficult process for an applicant and can often cause quite a bit of hair pulling and worry!

Determine exactly what the application form questions are after

When attempting to draft an answer to an application form question, it is important that you approach it with the correct mentality. Don’t simply take a question at face value.You need to consider exactly what skills and attributes the question is trying to look for. For example, a question such as ‘what are your hobbies and interests?’ doesn’t mean that they want to know about the rare stamp collection you’ve...

Social Media – Asset, Liability or a Fact of Life

Social Media, is it an Asset, Liability of just a Fact of Modern Life? It depends who you ask and also how it is managed. Managers may see it as a timewaster but many employees view it as a necessary way of networking their customers, colleagues and a way to express their views.

From the companies perspective it can be enormously valuable if the organisation is open to new ideas, the employees are happy and enjoy good conditions and are well managed. It can promote the company image, help in recruitment and product and service promotion. If however the company culture is poor, employees are not happy and there is a general atmosphere of mistrust then this benefits will not be realised.

On the other hand it can become another distraction to work for employees, in some cases it could allow the leakage of confidential private documents or publish inaccurate company information.

The reality is that whether employers like it or not it is here to stay, they need to recognise that it is...