As more and more companies recognize the value of remote workers, they need to adjust their management styles to change the way they work in the office to fit the management of remote workers. According to data from Global Workplace Analytics, a remote and flexible work consulting firm, flexjobs analyzed data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of remote workers in the U.S. increased by 159 percent between 2005 and 2017.
For conservative and traditionalist managers, the biggest concern about remote workers is whether they can be managed effectively. Kyle Ladewig, founder of Out of Office, said management’s “biggest concern is that remote workers are less productive than employees who work in the office every day.”
But remote offices “run a small risk of reduced productivity due to unexpected (and unpaid) breaks,” said Charlet Beasley, an analyst at Workplace and Careers. “There are fewer days of absences. When you give your employees space to adapt, they act on the right side of the way.”
Matt Thomas, president of WorkSmart Systems, said that allowing flexible work “allows for a more flexible schedule than traditional 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., increases employee productivity and contributes to staff connections and recruitment.”
This article was reprinted on December 16, 2019 in TechRepublic Japan. You can read more at TechRepublic Japan.