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The Workplace Isn’t a Place Anymore
Where work is done is often irrelevant. In our increasingly connected society, work can be performed almost anywhere. While working closely with customers is always important and necessary, there are almost certainly activities in your organization that can be performed outside of an office setting. The key is to outline your company’s overall operational structure and strategic objectives, and then get creative about how you define and fill the supporting roles. If juggling multiple RFPs, perhaps you can utilize remote talent to assist with proposal development. And some of your business’s internal processes, such as financial planning, resource forecasting, talent management, or operational support, may be done in large part using collaboration tools with only occasional (if ever!) face-to-face meetings. Though some activities, such as client/prospect meetings, nearly always require a physical meeting place, similarly a software design and development team may work best when co-located.
Harness Talent Seeking an Alternative Arrangement
Many people choose to leave the workforce due to shifting priorities, particularly after major life events. Some of these individuals still yearn for an opportunity to contribute and grow professionally. You hire smart, ambitious people, right? Don’t let traditional assumptions and expectations be the reason you lose or miss out on great talent. Scaling back in some areas (days/hours per week, travel, etc.) does not mean someone is looking to sit back and coast. Be flexible and continue to give your employees meaningful and challenging work assignments. You’ll be happy to see that contributions will remain strong, which benefits your whole organization, and hopefully takes some things off your plate as well.
Working Remotely – Tips for Success
When working remotely, discipline is key. And paramount. And without it, failure is ensured.
Yet we’ve all fallen down the rabbit hole of distractions. […]