Finding the right talent may take you away from the traditional brick and mortal office environment. Technology allows all employees to access the office no matter where they are located. Yet, managing employees in a virtual environment requires that you be aware of the key components in managing remote employees. I found this easy and clear post on SalesJournal.com:
“Managing Remote Employees” by James A. Baker, Founder and Chairman Baker Communications
If your employees are in a different location, another time zone, or another country, face-to-face weekly meetings or office walk-bys are obviously not practical management solutions. How do you effectively manage individuals or teams that are located somewhere else? read more
Technology is a powerful tool that will continue to affect the working environment. The ability to stay connected no matter where the employee is located allows companies to be more flexible with their business decisions and with employees.
Most companies still operate from a physical space though they are using technology and incorporating a virtual employee model into their business. Why would virtual employees work for a company? They can have access to talent that doesn’t want to move, national sales presence with minimum overhead costs, or a benefit they can offer to high performing employees. Whatever the business reason, virtual employees are multiplying in work environments.