Flexible working is on the rise, due to technological advancement, and the need for better work/life balance. Nearly half of people expected to be working remotely by 2020.
In today’s global business work, the number of people working from home is on the increase. According to the Latest Telecommuting statistics, GlobalWorkplaceAnalytics.com, 3.7 million Employees (2.8% of the workforce) work from home at least half the time.
Remote working is defined as employees operating away from their place of business. A remote worker could be operating on the road, at home or from abroad.
Whilst working from home sounds very appealing to most people, there are advantages and disadvantages to being a remote worker. For the purpose of this blog post I have listed my top 3 advantages and 3 disadvantages of remote working.
Firsty, let me make a bold statement: Everyone now is a remote worker or mobile worker. I'm basing this on a few assumptions: one, you actually work from home or off-site or at some point outside of your organisation’s physical space, you answer emails, take calls, read presentations on the train, meet with others at different locations.
This means we are all, in some shape or form, a remote worker. As I said, there are of course those who are actual remote workers, most of the time based elsewhere, whether in a satellite office, at home, co-working spaces or just travelling on the road.
The below diagram gives some stats on Americans who reported working from home. And this is just working from home!
Something that all-too-often gets neglected from meeting room considerations around wireless presentation ... the question "What if somebody can't make it to the meeting?" Can she still contribute and, importantly, collaborate with the others in the room?
We could always email them the minutes of the meeting but all context is lost. Or we could get somebody to record the meeting and send them the video but contribution is at a minimum. Or, perhaps we could get them to dial in to the meeting through a video call? Then can they share content?
In this post we take a look at how Montage can be used to help teams like yours collaborate across distances.
Successful remote collaboration doesn't just happen. People from different cultures, in different locations don't just suddenly come together and function like a well-oiled machine.
From a manager's perspective, you need to pay attention to the times those teams come together, their face-to-face time, the technology used, design of shared spaces, of transparency, and access to and sharing of information; it’s here that you’ll see what is gained and lost in terms of productivity and efficiency.
In this post we pay attention to some of the problems to remote collaboration and how to avoid them.
Collaboration within small groups is something that, on the face of it, should be easy to do, the thinking being that in a group of 2 or 3, communication, to-dos and organisation is easy to manage. However, small group collaboration still needs a lot of thought when it comes to things like roles, goals and tools for the job.
To help us understand how collaboration works in small, distributed teams, we caught up with Matt Johnston, a web designer based in California but working on the designing of a website and discussion forum with 2 other team members, one based in Ireland and the other in Europe.