Over two thirds of workers believe managers need specific training to support remote teams, according to new research from flexible workspace provider Regus.
A survey of 4,000 UK professionals found 80% of workers believe their senior management support remote working and 75% say their sector is increasing the availability of remote working in order to attract and retain top talent. However, 68% say managers require specific training in order manage their remote team members successfully. Some 85% believe managers should speak to remote staff several times a week, and a similar proportion (84%) think monthly face-to-face meetings are important.
When it comes to measuring the performance of remote workers, just over half believe remote workers should accept the use of IT systems that track and measure levels of work activity and productivity. Some 83% believe outcomes should be used to assess and reward performance rather than time spent working.
Richard Morris, UK CEO Regus says: “With its benefits to employers and workers, it’s no wonder that businesses are increasingly offering remote working options to staff. However, the research findings emphasise the need for regular contact between managers and their team members, and the importance of measuring success by output.”