CIOs Face Challenges in Managing Remote Teams

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 05-01-2014 Email

Business legend Richard Branson has said that offices one day will be "a thing of the past." While that may amount to a bit of hyperbole, it's projected that 43 percent of U.S. workers will work remotely by 2016, according to industry research. Additional studies have found that telecommuting boosts productivity, performance and overall engagement levels. That said, managers still encounter considerable challenges in supervising remote teams, and CIOs are no exception, according to a recent survey from Robert Half Technology. Managers struggle to establish goals and expectations with these workers, and admit that the lack of face-to-face interaction presents accessibility and team cohesion concerns. "As remote work arrangements become increasingly popular, managers are often concerned that camaraderie and collaboration could suffer due to lack of regular, in-person interaction," says John Reed, senior executive director of Robert Half Technology. "Even senior executives in a technology-forward department like IT can feel disconnected from remote teams because of limited face time with staff and lack of visibility into how work is being accomplished." To respond to these issues, Robert Half Technology also presents the following best practices for CIOs. Additional best practices were compiled from prior research from IBM. An estimated 2,300 U.S. CIOs participated in the survey research. For more about Robert Half Technology's findings and best practices, click here. For more about the IBM research, click here. 

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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