China Watch Blog reports that when Yahoo! recently banned working from home, some companies followed suit. At the same time, hosts of other companies still believe that working from home increases productivity, creativity, and improves employee morale.
So is the issue really virtual work or the lack of good management coupled with an inability to capitalize on the virtual work environment?
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There is a New Currency: The truth is that the new currency for top tier talent is freedom. These people came to the realization long ago that gold-watch retirements are a thing of the past, and to ensure a long-term career meant taking matters into their own hands. Since the benefits offered by corporations such as insurance and paid vacations are not part of this new world of work, freedom and flexibility became the desirable traits.
Spend the New Currency with Better Management: Progressive companies attract creative, productive talent with the way they “manage people,” which truthfully is not to manage people at all. Rather than buy into the “productivity can only be seen” mode of thinking, companies that embrace the virtualization of work product attract that always sought after motivated self-starter.
To capitalize on this new work currency, companies must:
• Manage the process and outcome, not the people.
• Utilize more peer to peer management to encourage collaboration.
• Invest in cloud technology to manage projects.
• Understand virtual collaboration both from a technology and communication standpoint in order to get the best ideas.
• Physical presence does not improve creativity. Creative people engaged in the idea and committed to a solid outcome do.
Top talent in the workplace today has options and they can choose freedom. They do not feel the necessity to work out of a cubicle so they will be more inclined to choose a position with a company that gives them freedom; offering options that encourage creativity, improve morale, and lead to greater productivity.
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