Unite staff distanced by remote working



Much of the debate on teleworking to date has focused on full-time working from remote rural locations. This may be idyllic for some, but in reality it is only...



Much of the debate on teleworking to date has focused on full-time working from remote rural locations. This may be idyllic for some, but in reality it is only one minor aspect of teleworking.

The biggest growth in this area is in part-time teleworking - one or, at the very most, two days a week.

The impact is growing. Have you noticed that the best time to have an interactive business e-mail session is often a Sunday evening? That's when many managers clear their Inboxes ready for Monday morning, while Friday is becoming a work-from-home thinking and planning day.

Combine part-time teleworking with other forms of remote working - working on the road, hot-desking around organisations, working on client sites, as well as full-time teleworking and other work/life balance demands, and you have a major management challenge.

That is, how to install a unifying sense of community across all these different work modes without business fragmentation.

This is not a technical challenge - the technology is there. But more than ever managers need the skills to create a flexible, but productive environment, manage from a distance, provide tools and incentives for sharing information, offer new recognition and reward schemes, and trust more of your employees more.

Such skills are fast becoming mainstream as all workers start becoming teleworkers.

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