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The Virtual Office – How to Effectively Manage Telecommuting Employees

Telecommuting is an option that's becoming increasingly attractive to employers and employees alike. As companies search for cost effective ways to compete for the best talent available and motivate employees with significant generational differences, many organizations are turning to flexible work arrangements including telecommuting. Employees today are increasingly being squeezed by higher and higher gas prices and long commuting times and they are also increasingly aware of and concerned for the environment. Employers who address these needs and concerns will lead the way in employee engagement and performance. And with today's technological advances, performance isn't solely dependent on time on the office, as a matter of fact, employees today can and do work from anywhere at any time. The question is, how do you as a leader leverage that flexibility to enhance motivation, morale and performance. As the baby boomers continue to retire, organization's will begin feeling the effects of a talent war - both in recruiting and turnover, and those employers who work proactively to acquire and retain top talent will be in the driver's seat? Are you prepared to think differently and be flexible so your organization is prepared to not only perform, but outperform expectations? In today’s work environment, there are plenty of reasons to consider implementing a Telecommuting Policy or allowing employees to work remotely, including:

  • Green Initiatives
  • Employee engagement
  • Attracting and retaining top talent
  • Increased productivity… and the list goes on

During this learning session, we’ll help your team explore the following topics:

  • Things to consider when developing an effective policy
  • Motivating and managing remote employees
  • Legal issues to consider
  • Identify the business rationale for implementing a remote workplace policy
  • Identify positions suitable for working remotely
  • Establish meaningful accountability systems to keep employees connected and productive
  • Unlock the secrets to successfully managing a remote team
  • Assess safety and security considerations
  • Understand the legal landmines that exist with telecommuting