Book Cover for first book, working title is Work@Home.
Working from home, also called telecommuting or telework, is becoming more common as a minority of an employee’s work environment. But, it is still a big leap for most managers to imagine never interacting face-to-face with their subordinates. Not all personalities are suited to work from home, not all roles are appropriate to the home-based environment, and not all homes are conducive to playing double-duty as offices.
These are lessons that are not only critical for work-from-home teams, but also instructive for teams that span large geographic areas, leverage off-shore resources or numerous consultants, have some or all team-members that travel frequently, or simply want to increase retention by offering greater flexibility to employees. This is also a vitally important topic for entrepreneurs and would-be small business owners that are intimidated by the prospect of not having an office to drive their accountability and productivity. What would it make possible for you, as a Beach Body Coach, DoTerra Consultant, tech start-up, or other business leader in the formative stages to factor out the level of risk and exposure of (not) having an office?
In all of these cases – and, arguably, in all businesses – we are increasingly forming teams and goals that are bound by commitment and not by cubicles.