With advances in technology, working remotely has become an accepted way of conducting business as usual. Though common and popular among the younger generation and early adopters, some conservatives (and especially the laggards) remain rather skeptical.
In an Arizona Republic article, Clint Smith, chief executive of email marketing company Emma, provides some insight on the challenges and necessities of working remotely. “I think what I would tell anyone who is going to try to this for their company is not to underestimate the complexity of the model,” he said. (Bruzzese) Though it isn’t easy to recreate face to face interactions virtually, there are ways in which Smith handles the challenges of leading and working with people thousands of miles away. So what are his three pieces of advice?
- Hire the right people
- Have regular get-togethers
- Rely on technology
Indeed if someone isn’t self-motivated or isn’t comfortable being alone, they probably aren’t the ideal candidate for a remote worker. However, if they are a self-starter and enjoy working alone, all they need from you to make it possible is technology!
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Bruzzese, Anita. "Working Remotely Poses Challenges." Azcentral.com. Arizona Republic, 8 May 2012. Web. 09 May 2012.