More than ever, work is viewed as something people do, rather than a place they necessarily go. As the former COO of a public relations and marketing company that transitioned from more than 20 years as brick and mortar to an entirely virtual operation, I learned many vital lessons through the proverbial school of hard knocks—lessons I hope to spare other leaders.
While flexwork has become more commonplace in a myriad of industries, the training of managers and employees for success remains rare. According to WorldatWork’s October 2013 Survey on Workplace Flexibility:
- 88 percent of organizations do not train employees to be successful with flexible work arrangements.
- 83 percent of organizations do not provide training to managers of employees using flexibility programs.