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In this episode of the 5 Leadership Questions podcast Todd Adkins, Barnabas Piper, and Daniel Im discuss the rise of mobile workers – those who work out-of-office – and what some leadership strategies and work practices are for this to be most effective. Mobile work creates opportunities and challenges that have not existed previously and it is not going away, so it is essential for organizations to handle ti well and workers to do it well.
- How is the work environment changing to make mobile work a point of emphasis for organizations?
- How can leaders or managers keep track of and measure results with a mobile team?
- How can leaders create a team environment with mobile workers?
- What are good habits or practices for mobile workers for productivity and communication?
- What are some of the best collaborative tools for mobile work?
“Technological advancements have paved the way for mobile work.”
“Email was invented to save time but became a huge time suck.”
“We had to learn how to use technology effectively and wait for people to get caught up and buy in.”
“You need to have core days for your team when everyone is on-site or present for a meeting.”
“If you’re going to hire anyone who’s good at what they do these days it’s rare that they will be willing to spend 8 hours a day in the office.”
“Flexibility is a perk of the job.”
“With mobile work you have a different paradigm of measuring effectiveness.”
“Time spent at a place does not equate to work done.”
“Leaders must know their team’s capacity, individually and collectively.”
“Outcomes matter more than hours.”
“Just because it’s easy to measure doesn’t make it important.”
“Focus on a culture that is passionate and bought in to the vision and mission and also to each other.”
“The team needs to agree on a set of tools they use.”
“If you don’t have a set schedule you need to note that for your team.”
“There are some things that are best to handle in person.”
“Develop a cadence of what work you do where.”
“Certain roles can’t go mobile.”
“Mobile work will mean you hire differently.”
“If people cannot manage themselves they can’t do mobile work.”
“If you’re going from a localized work force to mobile work there will be some bumps.”
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