The Virtual Manager: Cutting-Edge Solutions to Hiring, Managing, Motivating, and Engaging Mobile Employees

The Virtual Manager

Why did I choose this resource?

I chose this resource to gain insight on the virtual worker; from hiring to retaining.

What did you learn from it?

I learned the benefits of having virtual workers in the company. I also gained an understanding of how to recognize individuals who are suited for virtual work and how to keep them.

Key Knowledge

  • “Work is what you do, not where you go.”
  • Offering Remote Work
    • Positives for the Company:
      • Company is more appealing to prospective employees
      • Decreases turnover rate
      • Reduces absenteeism
      • Amplifies workers’ productivity
      • Lowers overhead cost
      • Diminishes the companies’ carbon footprint
    • Positives for the Workers:
      • Adaptable workdays and hours; boosts job satisfaction, lowers burnout
      • Eradicates stress from commuting
      • Ability to take breaks when needed; reduces work related stress
    • Challenges for the Company:
      • Complicated communicating
  • Important Components of a Virtual Work Relationship
    • Trust – hire who you trust – monitor, don’t micromanage
    • Involvement – planning processes
    • Clarification – what is expected of workers
    • Stellar Supervisors – manage virtual employees
  • What to look for in a virtual worker
    • Technologically savvy
    • Immaculate communication skills

How are you using what you learned?

I am using what I learned to create a list of qualities to look for when hiring remote contractors. I am also doing additionally research on different methods to preserve the motivation and engagement of virtual workers.

Key Changes / Key Actions

  • Update criteria for assessing new hires who will work remotely
  • Create a list of methods/activities to keep virtual workers connected and inspired

Source

  • Name : The Virtual Manager: Cutting-Edge Solutions to Hiring, Managing, Motivating, and Engaging Mobile Employees
  • Author : Kevin Sheridan
  • getAbstract.com: Link to Book

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