They may be your hospital workers tending to patients from room to room. Or, your sales executives meeting clients in multiple time zones throughout the week. Or, your modern IT employees, taking red-eye flights for organizations that are constantly expanding to new, global markets. These are just some of the professionals who make up the modern, mobile workforce. And CIOs and other senior executives must seek to embrace and accommodate their unique needs, according to the book "Managing the Mobile Workforce: Leading, Building, and Sustaining Virtual Teams" (McGraw-Hill Professional/Available now). In the book, authors David Clemons and Michael Kroth tap upon interviews conducted with top managers from companies such as Deloitte LLP, HP, Citrix and Samsung to come up with best practices for the oversight of these employees. It reveals how significantly the "rules have changed" in the 21st century, and why trust is the glue that binds managers and workers together - regardless of geographical distance. Clemons is CEO of Achieve Labs Inc. Kroth is an assistant professor at the University of Idaho in adult/organizational learning and leadership. Here are selected highlights:
1 billion is the estimated number of mobile workers in the world for the year 2011.
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