Ryan Malone, CEO of SmartBug Media, was told that an all-remote workforce might work for a few employees, but not if he hit 10. Later, as his company grew, he was told it might not work if he had 20. Now, he’s up to 75 employees, and they’re all still remote.
Remote working has become an increasingly common practice for modern businesses worldwide, whether that’s as a full-time replacement for the 9-5 office job, or as an occasional bonus for regular commuters. Gallup found that in 2016 43% of employed Americans spent at least some time working remotely.
Efficient and organized meetings among multiple stakeholders are critical, especially as the modern workplace becomes increasingly dispersed. A 2017 report estimated that as many as 3.9 million U.S. employees worked from home at least half of the time.
In the space of just a few years, Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) has transformed from an irregular practice to an integral part of the modern workplace. By 2016, 59% of surveyed businesses allowed the use of personal devices for work purposes. Almost certainly, the numbers have grown.
According to new estimates from MBO Partners’ 2018 State of Independence in America research, 17 million independent workers aspire to someday become digital nomads — a term referencing workers who embrace a location-independent, technology-enabled lifestyle that allows them to travel and work remotely.
All managers want their teams to be happy and engaged in their jobs. Unfortunately, even the greatest companies will occasionally find themselves with an unhappy employee. Managers know there are certain patterns to look out for that may reveal an employee feels dissatisfied — lack of enthusiasm, changes in demeanor, or questionable breakroom etiquette, to name a few. But when employees work remotely, it gets a bit trickier to pick up on these signs.