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21st Century Work Life and leading remote teams

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Apr 21, 2016

Today's introduction is very, very brief, so there's not much to say here. If you would like to download the Work Foundation's "Working Anywhere" report, here's the link:

Today's episode, is also sponsored by Saros Research.


Working Anywhere: A Winning Formula for Good Work?

What is "mobile working"?

How does the UK compare to other countries?

Here's the link to the article in Forbes about what the numbers are like in the US.



“We believe from our work here that we are almost at a tipping point in mobile working and by sharing our findings we can enable a benefit-driven approach; a formula for good work while working from anywhere.”

The benefits of mobile working in organisations.

“Personal circumstances and the nature of the job determine the potential for individuals to work flexibly and or remotely”.

The barriers to mobile working.

“The most successful forms of mobile working will be achieved when the benefits to the organisation and the individual are aligned and enshrined in formal and agreed ways of working.”

What is technostress?

"A YouGov survey of UK business leaders for Vodafone found that 25 per cent “felt that their employees remained rooted to the concept of having their own desk space”, 23 per cent “felt flexibility led to employees taking advantage”, and yet 77 per cent “measure success by results rather than time spent in the office”38. There would seem to be a measure of disconnect here between leaders’ perceptions and their employees’ demands and indeed employee performance when mobile working is enabled. Reviewing successful (and unsuccessful) practice by senior staff will be important in enabling change."

What do managers feel about mobile working? Does seniority affect adoption?
What do we need to look out for when introducing flexible working?

"Today in the UK, few working- age individuals don’t have a smart phone or equivalent mobile device through which they connect to their friends and family wherever they are and whenever they want, or need, to communicate. Why would they not demand the same flexibility in their working lives?"