Books Slideshow: Managing Today's Mobile Professionals

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 01-25-2011

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1 billion is the estimated number of mobile workers in the world for the year 2011.

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Mobility

Mobility has helped redefined the concept of "work": It's not a place where you go. It's what you produce.

Mobility

Greater mobility = good business.

CIOs/managers aren't limited to "local" talent - they can recruit from all regions of the world.

Greater mobility = good business.

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A "mobile culture" also attracts the very best, most accountable employees - and they often tend to be the most tech-savvy.

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In the mobile culture, that work takes place when it is assigned and done, not within a 9 to 5 timetable.

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Five ways to manage mobile professionals.

1. Integrate mobile strategies into existing practices/tech instead of launching a "revolution."

Five ways to manage mobile professionals.

Five ways to manage mobile professionals.

2. Define expectations. Mobile workers must be held accountable to measurable goals and performance descriptions.

Five ways to manage mobile professionals.

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Five ways to manage mobile professionals.3. Make sure mobile workers believe you're as "with them" as you are your "in office" employees. Breaking trust can immobilize a mobile workforce more quickly than bad tech.

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Five ways to manage mobile professionals.

4. Collaborate. The best way to understand if mobile tech is working is to evaluate the users' experience via feedback and suggestions.

Five ways to manage mobile professionals.

Five ways to manage mobile professionals.

5. Promote a "mobile culture." Send the message that being a mobile worker enhances one's career - by making workers agile and connected - as opposed to damaging it.

Five ways to manage mobile professionals.