Effective Delegation in a Work at Home Environment

Can a managers effective delegation be managed when an employee is remote or working from home? this seems to be a burning question for many leaders.

Someone I know very well recently convinced their business unit manager to allow them to work from home on a “trial basis” to aid in the transition with care of their new baby. The wife was returning to work and the scheduling of baby care was tricky. this employee completed all assignments on time, communicated effectively and was as productive and by all accounts more productive without the normal in-office distractions. When the trial was over, management’s view was “yes, you made it work but we don’t see this as a workable process for our needs.

Sounds a bit like the the Yahoo CEO position. Our article selected this week deals with this very issue.  See what you think?

She might be the embodiment of British remote working in 2013, but Annelise Pesa can often be found in the very heart of the capital’s commercial district, rather than a leafy provincial suburb. Until the first of her two children arrived two years ago, the client relationship director at legal support start-up Obelisk lived the decidedly Ally McBeal-esque life of an international lawyer at City bank Morgan Stanley, working long days with frequent travel. When she returned to work after her first child, she realised that “you just can’t be in the office 15 hours a day,” and decided to leave when she fell pregnant again.


Today, Pesa operates from home or from a London club, overseeing 120 consultants and two client relationship managers. She says the arrangement is perfect for her, although she adds: “If I were single and didn’t have a family, I’d miss the office and the social life that comes with it.” Remote working is most effective, she says, if employees have a strong commitment to the organisation, with highly tailored individual management, regular face-to-face meetings, calls and detailed action plans. Yammer (a message-board system) is a crucial way to keep in touch, she finds.

People like Pesa are in the vanguard of a remote working revolution that has been mooted for decades: soon, we have been repeatedly assured, the days of the nine-to-five office slog will be over as empowered homeworkers rewrite the corporate rule book. Numerous studies have shown that remote workers are more productive and achieve a better work-life balance.

A 2013 survey of 1,000 British office workers by Ipsos MORI found that 70 per cent of those given the option to work remotely say they can get more done away from the office, and 38 per cent think they are more creative.

When Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer banned working remotely in a widely distributed internal memo in February, she found herself on the receiving end of plenty of dismissive rhetoric (including from Sir Richard Branson, who tweeted “Give people the freedom of where to work and they will excel!”). But even if Yahoo! managed remote working poorly, does Mayer have a valid point?…More at When remote working really works – People Management Magazine


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Michael D. Moore is the publisher of Management By Delegation and is a veteran executive with 40+ years in the Banking and Insurance Industries. A devoted entrepreneur, using his business experience to provide resources for managers and leaders at all levels. For the last 5 years, he has built a growing web presence for helping people with personal and professional development. To learn more about these advanced concepts & join our group Click here 5 Must Have Management Skills

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