Current research reveals that email usage in the USA has decreased by 20% from 2008 – 2012, (McKinsey & Company). However – it is still an important communication tool. Young people prefer messaging tools however this is not always appropriate in a business setting.
2. One communication method fits all
Emails and social collaboration platforms combine to offer efficient and effective communication. Online meetings solutions have been embraced by many businesses – especially those with are international. A mix of communication methods is required – each being flexible and user-friendly.
Some organisations such as Yahoo have recalled all home office workers back into their corporate offices. However Holzinger states that research shows that home working increases productivity by 40%. A balance of task-orientated home working with a regular day of commuting to the office achieves optimum benefits and addresses potential isolation issues.
It simply isn’t practical to turn thoughts off once the ‘working day’ is over. Maintaining an inner balance and listening to the body’s signals offer an ideal solution.
5. Leading remote and local teams are the same
When teams are spread geographically, a culture of trust and careful communication is essential. Understanding and accepting responsibilities become even more important when self-motivation is key.
Many people simply don’t perform well within a flexible office space. Detailed analysis will enable organisations to offer the work environment best suited to each individual employee.
7. Good IT solutions are multi-functional
Only easy-to-use IT solutions will be accepted and used, allowing anticipated productivity benefits to be achieved.
He adds: “We find that supporting the assignees and their families during the relocation process can reduce anxiety and help workers to adjust to a new country and workplace more quickly.”
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