Should I Work from Home? 6 questions to consider before you put in your request

Working from home can improve employee productivity and satisfaction and provide substantial cost savings for businesses.  But is it right for everyone? Not necessarily. Even organizations with the most successful work from home programs confirm that some individuals work better in an office environment than they do from a home office. What about you?  Here…

10 Ways to Kill (or Heal) a Telecommuting or Virtual Work Initiative

Whether it is caused by flooding in Alberta, snowstorms in Washington D.C., or fires in California, the need for clear continuity of operations plans (COOP) has brought renewed emphasis on telework and virtual working. Unfortunately, too many organizations jump into telework without a clear understanding of what is necessary for a successful telecommuting initiative. Here…

3 Activities to Build Virtual Team Spirit

The more that virtual teams become our normal way of working, the more we realize how difficult it is to build the positive relationships so critical for team success.   A face-to-face meeting for team building is best, yet most teams can’t afford that luxury. So how do you build team spirit when you can’t have…

You Can’t Manage Virtual Workers and Teams with “Super-vision”

Most virtual leaders struggle with managing the performance of those they can’t see.  Would they be more effective managers if they had “super-vision”?  Some organizations install software so leaders can randomly check the screens of their employees. Some leaders even whisper that they want remote video cameras at employee’s desks. Here’s the reality.  If you…

3 Ways People Pretend to Work—at Home or the Office

Marissa Mayer’s decision to halt employee telecommuting at Yahoo has unleashed a torrent of controversy around telework, remote work, collaboration, and productivity. For those of us who work at home or remotely, or even in an office, it’s a great time to refocus on what we do—consciously or subconsciously—that looks like work but often isn’t.…

3 Ways to Put Life Into Deadly Virtual Team Meetings

Ever had this experience as a virtual member of a face-to-face team meeting? You dial into a conference phone. You can’t hear what people are saying. You can’t see the documents, slides, or whiteboards people are referencing, and there is no easy way for you to get the group’s attention to ask a question or…