Friday, May 11, 2012

Working at home needs tweaking

Many companies let employees work at home, at least part-time, but this arrangement is still evolving.

Anita Bruzzese, Gannett, talks about it in the AZ Republic, May 9, 2012.

Some questions arise—how can bosses keep home employees looped in?

Can a boss tell from a video chat that the employee needs more help or encouragement?

Clint Smith, CEO of an email marketing company called EMMA, was interviewed. He said this is complex. There is more to it than providing a computer and camera.

A lot happens in the office—sort of by osmosis—around the water cooler, so to speak.

It’s key to hire the right people. He wants people who are confident and will kick up a remote conversation with him.

Have regular video chats with the out of office people involved.

Remote workers should also come to parties and meetings.

Look into the collaborative technology—but don’t forget the phone.

I heard of a situation where the manager of the whole schmear was at home—this seemed to create difficulties as the underlings duked it out in the office.

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