Absence makes the team uneasy



    Bosses, Employees Have Similar Comfort Levels With Remote Work Teams

    TORONTO, March 11 /CNW/ - Contrary to popular belief, employees don't
relish time away from their bosses, according to new survey results. Nearly
half (48 per cent) of workers polled said their jobs would be more difficult
if they did not work in the same office as their supervisors. Of this group,
27 per cent felt it would be much more difficult. Similarly, 58 per cent of
managers surveyed said it is important that all staff members work in the same
location.
    The surveys were conducted by an independent research firm and developed
by OfficeTeam, a leading staffing service specializing in the placement of
highly skilled administrative professionals. The first survey is based on
telephone interviews with 492 workers 18 years of age or older and employed in
an office environment. The second survey is based on telephone interviews with
150 senior executives.
    Employees were asked, "In your opinion, would it make your job easier or
more difficult if you reported to a manager who didn't work in the same
location as you?" Their responses:

    
        Much more difficult .........................   27%
        Somewhat more difficult .....................   21%
        Neither easier nor more difficult............   26%
        Somewhat easier .............................   13%
        Much easier .................................    8%
        Don't know ..................................    5%
                                                       ----
                                                       100%
    

    Executives were asked, "How important is it for all of the members of
your department to work from the same location?" Their responses:

    
        Very important ..............................   13%
        Somewhat important ..........................   45%
        Somewhat unimportant ........................   29%
        Not important ...............................   12%
                                                       ----
                                                        99%(*)

        (*) Responses do not add to 100 per cent due to rounding.
    

    "Technological advances and global expansion have made it more common and
acceptable for people to work remotely," said Dave Willmer, executive director
of OfficeTeam. "In some instances, it's hard to avoid."
    Willmer noted this presents some communication challenges. "Those who
work outside the office must go the extra mile to make sure they keep the
lines of communication open," he said.
    OfficeTeam offers the following tips to help professionals who work
remotely stay connected with their colleagues and managers:
    
    -   Provide frequent status reports. Establish a schedule for giving
        updates to your supervisor so he or she is aware of your workload. At
        a minimum, offer a weekly status report detailing tasks completed and
        in progress.
    -   Pick up the phone. While e-mail is an effective communication method,
        using the telephone can sometimes be more efficient and help
        strengthen ties with your manager and coworkers.
    -   Highlight your accomplishments. When you don't see your supervisor
        regularly, tooting your own horn becomes even more important to get
        proper credit for your achievements.
    -   Meet face to face. Take advantage of all opportunities to meet in
        person with your manager and colleagues. These discussions are
        imperative to stay connected, avoid miscommunication, and ensure you
        stay top of mind for desirable projects and promotions.
    

    Survey Methodology
    ------------------
    The surveys were conducted by an independent research firm and developed
by OfficeTeam, a leading staffing service specializing in the placement of
highly skilled administrative professionals. The first survey is based on
telephone interviews with 492 full- or part-time office workers from a
starting sample of 2,000 adults aged 18 or older, using a fully replicated,
stratified, single-stage random-digit-dialing sample of households. The
results were then weighted to provide nationally representative and
projectable estimates of the adult population 18 years of age and older. The
sample is post-stratified and balanced by key demographics such as age, sex,
race, region and education. The second survey is based on telephone interviews
with 150 randomly selected senior executives.

    About OfficeTeam
    ----------------
    OfficeTeam provides businesses with the highly skilled administrative
talent they need to maximize productivity, achieve cost efficiency and support
full-time staff. The staffing firm has more than 300 locations worldwide and
offers online job search services at www.officeteam.com.

    To schedule an interview for local commentary in Toronto, Winnipeg,
Calgary or Vancouver, please contact Jason Chapman at 416-350-2010, extension
62070.




For further information:

For further information: OFFICETEAM: Jason Chapman, (416) 350-2010
extension 62070, jason.chapman@rhi.com


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