Being at the helm of a team that includes remote workers and those with flexible schedules can feel a bit like being the captain of a ship with no crew. When you feel like yelling, “All hands on deck,” how do you know who will show up? And how will you even know that they have if they do? When your first mate has to log on from her home computer and your deck hands are flexing late that day, how do you still run a tight ship that can navigate rough seas?
A recent piece in The Guardian speaks to the what-not-to-dos for employers who are managing flexible workers. The top takeaways? Communicate well, early, and often; build your team through trust, connectivity, and equality; and embrace the logistical, motivational, and productivity benefits for all.