I'm the founder of FutureWork IQ where I spend my time assisting businesses to design digital workplaces or “offices in the cloud.” These environments enable companies to allow flexible and remote working for their teams. I also teach the digital literacy, fluency, communication and collaboration skills needed to work in these modern technology-rich workplaces.

Nowhere does this become more evident than when the conversation turns to flexible working enabled by a modern digital workplace!

It’s important to shine a spotlight on the “but how will I know they are working” thinking that is all too common.

Firstly, if you hired someone that you need to micromanage by having them present in an office everyday so you can watch over their shoulder in order to ensure that they produce the desired outcomes, then surely you have hired the wrong person?

The questions you should be asking about those in your employee are:

  • Does the person meet his or her deadlines?
  • Is he or she delivering quality work?
  • Are they on time for scheduled meetings?
  • Are colleagues and clients able to reach them?
  • Are they consistently delivering on the outcomes they were hired for?

If the answers to the above are in the affirmative then surely it shouldn’t matter from where they get their work done?

Hire people you can trust to get the job done, from an office or the beach. Then let them get on with it. No one enjoys working in an environment where they are not trusted to get the job done.
It’s time to get to the bottom of any trust issues and work through them. This can be standing in the way of unlocking the true potential of a modern digital workplace, one where people are happier and more productive.