Are We STILL Talking About Telework to Solve Commuting Problems?
Daytime Talk Show Comes to the Hyatt!Remember who this is?What was he known fordoing during his talkshow?It’s time for the “Gil DonahueShow”!
“A good manager doesn’thave to be concerned aboutdifferent ways to track the performance of his/her remote workers.”
Talk Show Topic #1:“You can turn on teleworkalmost instantly – everyone pretty much has a laptop and/or smart phone with broadband, and can work anywhere/anytime.”
Talk Show Topic #2:“Telework and mobile work will save us big bucks in office space costs and turnover reduction.”
Talk Show Topic #3:“Mediocre employees will want to telework and themanager really doesn’t haveany way to stop them from doing so.”
Talk Show Topic #4:“Webinars, conference calls,instant messaging – baloney! Real collaboration won’t happen unless people are sitting at a table in the same place at the same time.”
Talk Show Topic #5:“There’s no way a new hirecan start working remotely from Day One - it’s a prescription for failure.”
Talk Show Topic #6:“Someone who just doesn’t want and feel the need to be in the office whenever possible just isn’t all that dedicated - period.”
What Do We Conclude?Managers who deal in absolutes like theseare usually absolutely wrong - at least someof the time.Good managers don’t hide behind outdatedor inaccurate telework/mobility myths andmisconceptionsIs it more challenging to manage adispersed workforce? Yes. So….?
Ten Time-Tested Truths about Telework and Mobile Work Triumphs:1. It is an alternative, not an entitlement.2. Absence doesn’t make the heart grow fonder.3. Quality trumps quantity (more isn’t always better)4. Co-located work teams are disappearing fast. Deal with it.5. Manage smart, manage right…….. >
Ten Time-Tested Truths about Telework and Mobile Work Triumphs:6. Want to look like a star to your boss? Empower and enable smart, suitable mobility.7. The ultimate question about who works where when: “Where can you add the most value tomorrow?”8. Skype + Flip + YouTube = the new “face time”9. Any manager who fails with telework/mobility deserves to.10. “Work is something you do - not someplace you go.” (Woody Leonhard)
My Two Favorite Quotes:“If you always do what you always did,you’ll always get what you always got -if you’re lucky.”“If things make sense to you, you needhelp.”