Leaders struggle with telecommuting workers.

Leaders Struggle with Telecommuting Workers

It is no surprise that the space and place of jobs is changing. According to Gallup’s 2016 State of the American Workplace, 43% of the workforce is working remotely and that number is on the rise.

Telecommuting on the Rise

The workforce is defining their values more clearly and they are searching for organizations that mirror their interests. According to the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) 2016 benefits survey, 60% of companies offer their employees work-from-home opportunities. This benefit gives employees scheduling flexibility. Telecommuting is appealing to employees, in fact, Gallup says 37% of them would change jobs to do so.

The Hunt for a New Job

Gallup says that 51% of the workforce is actively looking for another job. If retention is your organization’s goal, it is important for you to adjust your management and work environment to adapt to the needs and desires of the modern workforce.

Leadership for Today’s Workforce

So how do leaders accomplish this difficult task? You must become a coach.

A coach’s number one job is to motivate. In the Gallup study, only 21% of employees feel motivated by their managers to do outstanding work. The lack of motivation results in lower engagement from employees. Employee engagement in the workforce is already sitting at about 33%.

What Great Coaches Do

Gallup shared three qualities that can create effective coaching.

  • Establishing Expectations – Be clear collaborative, and aligned.
  • Continuous Coaching – Be frequent, focused and future-oriented.
  • Creating Accountability – Become achievement-oriented, fair and accurate, and developmental.

By having the freedom of working from home and being coached rather than managed, employees will feel more motivated to work, thus becoming more engaged in their workplace.

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