There had already been a growing demand for employers to offer more remote working options over the last decade, but the unprecedented changes brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic provided a tipping point that accelerated the transition, giving businesses around the world a crash course in remote working. Entire companies were forced to go virtual in a matter of weeks, leaving both managers and employees scrambling to adjust.
After being forced to rapidly rethink their remote work strategies, many companies have now actually found numerous unexpected benefits to working remotely. Big brands and SMEs alike are now planning to permanently incorporate remote days, or even close down offices altogether, to give employees the option to work from home full time.
So, it seems clear that remote work is here to stay ‘ but how do you make it a competitive advantage in the new hybrid world? In this new book, two remote work experts, Chris Dyer and Kim Shepherd, share their experience of how they successfully transitioned their workforces to remote models following major world events ‘ the 2008 financial crisis and the 9/11 terror attack.
Remote Work answers all the questions we are all facing right now as teams split between the office and home, covering how to attract and retain talent, build a positive company culture, and lead an engaged team wherever they are in the world. It is packed with practical guidance on how to implement policies, processes and strategies for remote working, including meeting types, measuring performance and creating virtual ‘water cooler’ environments.
Just a few years ago, a book on remote work might have only been interesting to HR professionals. Today, this book is essential reading for leaders of businesses of all sizes. If you are looking for evidence-based answers to pressing questions on how to adjust to the remote and hybrid work revolution, this is a great place to start.
Remote Work: Redesign Processes, Practices and Strategies to Engage a Remote Workforce by Chris Dyer and Kim Shepherd, published by Kogan Page, is available on Amazon priced from £14.94 and leading international booksellers.