Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Virtual workplace do and do nots

BusinessWeek has a nice little rundown of dos and don'ts for managers managing homeworkers. Here's a do:
"Help them stop. The trouble with most virtual workers isn't that they slack off, but that they don't know when to call it a day. That's one reason they're 16% more productive than tethered counterparts. But that extra work can lead to burnout. Encourage employees to have personal lives."
And here's a don't:
"Neglect training. Most companies don't teach executives how to manage virtual workers, and managers often don't communicate enough with direct reports. That can leave home-based employees feeling isolated, says Colleen Garton, author of Managing Without Walls. Garton says managers should check in each day with virtual workers."

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