A Beginner’s Guide to Managing a Remote Workforce



        The term remote or virtual worker covers a broad spectrum, ranging from a full-time employee allowed to work from home several days a week to team members located in geographically dispersed branches. It could also mean a company that is entirely virtual with no actual office footprint.
        Currently a 100 percent remote workforce is not the prevailing trend, reports Kate Lister, president of   Global Workplace Analytics, which tracks workplace models. More prevalent is what she calls the hybrid model, whereby employees work from home two to three days a week.
        “That gives companies the potential for onsite time for collaboration and offsite time for concentration,” she says.
        According to statistics compiled by Global Workplace Analytics, 3.3 million — or 2.6 percent of the workforce — telecommuted in 2012. (Lister’s firm only tracks those full- or part-time employees allowed to work remotely.)
        That number could rise: A 2014 Society for Human Resource Management study revealed employers are increasingly willing to permit workers flexible work options, including where they work.

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