“We believe that with the right equipment and right planning in place, people don’t have to be at our side.”
Goodman already manages a remote worker and works from home himself a few days a week. He said working virtual works when a manager creates a plan for each client account with deliverables and deadlines, and talks regularly with his staff — wherever they are — to update it. “I also take it to another extreme. I’m copied on everything to make sure everyone is on the same page.”
Goia said the managers of the future will be coached to focus on results. “For some, that’s an exception to what they’ve always done, but they will find it’s worthwhile.”
Cindy Krischer Goodman is CEO of BalanceGal LLC, a provider of news and advice on how to balance work and life. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Read her columns and blog at http://worklifebalancingact.com/.