It’s clear that the traditional office is undergoing changes to adapt to the needs of a more flexible workforce. Telecommuting grew by 61 percent from 2005 to 2009, according to a study by WorldatWork, a nonprofit offering research on global human resources issues. The number of telecommuters is expected to rise to 4.9 million by 2016.
As many companies are already modifying their business models to fit these changes, we must address how we evolve as business leaders to best manage a more flexible and virtual staff. Three trending areas of improvement stand out.