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This post is part of the series “Communication,” a weeklong effort co-hosted by SmartBrief’s SmartBlog on Leadership and the folks at Switch & ShiftKeep track of the series here and check out our daily e-mail newsletter, SmartBrief on Leadership. Don’t subscribe? Sign up.

Plenty of days pass when I don’t see any of the workers at my content marketing agency — not my office manager, who lives just a few miles away from me in Baton Rouge, La.; not my creative director, who lives out in Phoenix; and definitely not the constantly moving Air Force wife who runs our marketing strategy.[…] Continue Reading »

A friend said something to me at a recent conference that struck me.

It came after a presentation on how a cloud-based tool enabled a network manager to securely maintain close control of the tech used by a dispersed sales team working remotely. My friend turned to me with a worried expression on her face and said, “I’m not sure we’ve been adequately tooling up our students in preparation for this.[…] Continue Reading »

Question: What do these five established jobs …

  • Call center representative
  • Salesperson
  • Truck driver
  • Writers
  • Consultants

… have in common with these five jobs that didn’t exist 10 years ago?:

  • Virtual assistant
  • Social media manager
  • Telework manager or coordinator
  • Search engine optimization specialist
  • Online advertising manager

Answer: They are staffed by employees who can do their work while their managers are in a different location.[…] Continue Reading »

SmartPulse — our weekly nonscientific reader poll in SmartBrief on Small Business — tracks feedback from small-business owners. We run the poll question each Thursday in our e-newsletter.

Last week we asked: What worries you most when you think about allowing employees to work remotely?

  • Employees won’t be as productive: 36.28%
  • Managers don’t know how to manage a remote workforce: 26.55%
  • None of these: 19.47%
  • Conflicts will come up that will hurt the team environment: 9.73%
  • Operational problems will develop and hurt the company: 7.96%

With more than 60% of respondents signaling apprehension with the people side of the business, it’s key to remember the importance of training in establishing a successful virtual workforce.[…] Continue Reading »