Flexible Working

A whole new ballgame?

14 Jan 2020 | Wayne Turmel

Adopting remote teams might seem like a whole new ball game, but it’s the same game - just played on a slightly different field. The WHAT doesn’t really change, it's the HOW that's different.

Five remote team new year's resolutions

07 Jan 2019 | Wayne Turmel

The new year is a great time to ask some fundamental questions about how your project team works together and what needs to change. So here are five "resolutions" you should at least consider for your remote team.

Office politics when you're not in an office

01 Feb 2018 | Wayne Turmel

People who work remotely often view the absence of office politics as a real plus. But they’re wrong. Understanding organizational and inter-personal dynamics is a critical part of that thing called ‘work’.

Building trust remotely

13 Sep 2017 | Wayne Turmel

Trust is one of the biggest challenges to working remotely. Trusting the people your work with (and for) has never been easy. When you work remotely it's even tougher.

Are remote workers less loyal?

07 Dec 2016 | Wayne Turmel

Remote and virtual workers leave their jobs at a slightly higher rate than those who work in a fixed location. Are they simply ungrateful weasels, or can something else explain this increase in turnover?

The hidden history of remote working

20 Sep 2016 | Wayne Turmel

Forget Gartner studies and erudite articles in HBR, the way we work remotely today has come about through guesswork and trial-and-error. It was never planned - which is why organizations have a hard time dealing with it.

Don’t confuse task completion with productivity

18 Aug 2015 | Wayne Turmel

People who work remotely or from home often claim to be ‘more productive’. But productivity is a long-term measurement that means more than just getting more tasks finished in a given time period.

Reducing tensions in partly-virtual teams

28 Jul 2015 | Wayne Turmel

Hybrid teams - some people working in the office, some at home or elsewhere - are increasingly common. But they pose unique challenges, so a wise leader needs to be aware of the dynamics that can make them work.

Is team technology a barrier or an excuse?

17 Apr 2014 | Wayne Turmel

Technology is often used as an excuse for the poor management of remote teams. While it can certainly be a barrier, understanding team dynamics and offering training and resources can eliminate most of these. That just leaves the excuses.

Why virtual teams need special treatment

11 Mar 2014 | Wayne Turmel

The dynamics of working remotely are not the same as working face-to-face. So if you deal with a remote team in the same way as a co-located one, don't be surprised when the same leadership behaviors elicit different results.

Does your remote team really know each other?

25 Feb 2014 | Wayne Turmel

With today's fluid working environment, team members often don't know the strengths and weaknesses of the people they work with. And paradoxically, the fact that we are all tethered together electronically can make it even harder to get to know them.

Flexible workers are overwhelmingly men

24 Feb 2014 | Brian Amble

Far from being dominated by women juggling work and childcare, the ranks of remote workers in the US are overwhelmingly made up of men, a new survey has found.

Social interaction and remote teams

12 Feb 2014 | Wayne Turmel

Social interaction makes us happier and more productive. But that's a real issue when you're working remotely. So what can remote teams do to enhance interaction and create a good psychological environment to foster interaction and creativity?

Three keys to a successful remote team

21 Jan 2014 | Wayne Turmel

There are three factors that make up a successful remote team. Each is equally important. And while a remote team won't function without technology, that's only one piece of the jigsaw.

12 questions to measure team engagement

04 Dec 2013 | Wayne Turmel

How engaged in their work are the people in your team? How do you know? These questions are critical to all managers, whether they manage a team directly or have people spread across the planet over whom they don't have direct control.

Flexible jealousy

21 Nov 2013 | Chris Welford

This month, the old 'inputs vs outputs' question rears its head again in respect to flexible working. But as Chris Welford points out, it is delivery that counts, not the slavish adherence to a system or timetable.

How the other half lives

01 Nov 2013 | Andrew Doyle

Like it or not, trust is often a casualty of home working, with office-based workers liable to believe that their home-based colleagues aren't really working. So how can organisations overcome the challenges of working 'sight unseen'?

Productive or creative?

28 May 2013 | Wayne Turmel

Do you want your people to be productive or do you prefer them to be creative? In a perfect world, of course, they'd be both. But the modern workplace - and short-sighted management - can make that an almost impossible goal.

What beans are you counting?

25 Apr 2013 | Wayne Turmel

It's pretty clear that remote working and collaboration can deliver significant cost savings. But top-line savings aren't the best way to assess whether something is working or not.

Flexibility trumps financial rewards

22 Apr 2013 | Brian Amble

The millennial generation are less interested in how much a job pays than they are in having workplace flexibility and a sensible work-life balance, a new study has found.