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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...