Leading the way — from outside the office

Making the case for executives and flexible work options
By David Potter
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/11/2014

In the ongoing debate about flexible work arrangements, the camp in favour of telework — or “workshifting” — has clearly taken the upper hand. The conversation is changing from whether companies should adopt workshifting to how they should do so — and just how much value it brings.

But what about the leaders who are tasked with managing a team remotely? Is it appropriate for executives to workshift?

Like many employees, executives at companies of all sizes are mobile by nature. Whether they’re running a tech startup or a global manufacturing company, executives are rarely chained to their desks. They’re too busy meeting with their teams, customers, partners and suppliers. As a result, leaders are often the most avid adopters of mobile work.