Why Its Important:

The Era of the Virtual Employee is here, and managers who prefer more traditional, in-office work relationships may not get what they want anymore. Globalization, mobile technology and the continued decentralization of today's organizations have led the workforce to be more mobile. For CIOs and other managers, this means you'll need to adapt to managing workers who rarely, if ever, show up in the office. In his book "The Virtual Manager: Cutting Edge Solutions for Hiring, Managing, Motivating, and Engaging Mobile Employees" (Career Press/Available now), author Kevin Sheridan advises CIOs to embrace these changes instead of resisting them, and highlights the ways they'll need to adapt when hiring virtual workers. Success begins with the job interview. To help managers make good hiring decisions, Sheridan has listed several open-ended questions specifically designed for these employees, to give managers a sense of whether a candidate is a good fit for the "off-site" working life. Sheridan is chief engagement officer (CEO) of HR Solutions Inc. For more information about the book, click here.


This speaks to a required drive toward continuous, professional development.

This article was originally published on 01-23-2012
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