ABSENCE MAKES THE TEAM UNEASY

Bosses, Employees Have Similar Comfort Levels With Remote Work Teams

MENLO PARK, CA -- Contrary to popular belief, employees don’t relish time away from their bosses, according to new survey results. Nearly half (48 percent) 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 percent felt it would be much more difficult. Similarly, 58 percent 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 from the largest companies in the United States.

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 percent 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 national 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 at the nation’s 1,000 largest companies.

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.


print Print   email E-mail   rss RSS