As globalisation and technology converge to provide broad and immediate access to the farthest reaches of the world, our work is growing increasingly more “remote.” Up until a few years ago, most people shared a workplace with their teams and their managers. For the most part, only salespeople worked remotely and then only to be nearer their customers. Now a growing proportion of people now work at a distance, linked only by technology.
According to predictions in a recent report, Australia’s Digital Future to 2050, by IBISWorld and IBM, the new ‘utility’ as it’s referred to, will spell the enhancement of nearly all of our industries, and the extinction of some industrial-age industries. The world of ICT will be enhanced by high-speed broadband, cloud-computing, analytics, learning systems, cognitive computing and more, rendering the world of work, and employer-employee relations heading towards a whole new frontier.
So what are some of the key predictions of the enterprise and workplace of the future? Read on:
None of these potential benefits come without the application of a different quality and focus by leaders of virtual teams.
Demand on first-line leaders time is already high. They are increasingly required to be visible and to role model purposeful leadership to their teams. The expectation placed on these managers is that they will do a lot when time is ever more limited, and to be skilled in dealing with the added complexity in remote venues when managing change. In this new world, managers are asking the following questions:
The Learning Factor runs a number of different training programs to help front-line managers understand the critical role they play as a leader in energising and empowering virtual team members.
We run part of this program on our virtual training platform. Participants can attend the program from their own office or home! A live facilitator interacts with the remote participants and they being to experience the power of using online tools to communicate with their own teams.
These programs should be a mandatory requirement for any manager who is or will be managing a virtual team.
Take a look at our Managing Remote Teams Training Program Outline. There is a large price to pay if you do not invest in up skilling your managers in this new world of work.