In my CFO practice I am seeing more and more remote workers as well as geographic disparate hierarchies. That is, employee’s supervisors resident in one location while the employee is resident in a different location.
Such work arrangements will become more common and more global in the future. The millennial generation will continue to seek work practice flexibility. Further, such arrangements add to employee loyalty and engagement, while helping the organization to reduce real estate costs.
With new work arrangements comes the need for new management techniques, tools and policies. Ensuring that the remote employee is still able to access resources and people will be important. Also important will be setting clear communications regarding which employees are eligible to work remotely and what level of phone and email access are expected.