Perhaps the most famous, tech-savvy mobile worker of all time was James Bond. Equipped with incredible gadgets for security and communications by his IT manager, “Q,” Bond was a typical remote employee in the sense that he thrived on autonomy and independence.
Managing Bond was no picnic for the head of the Secret Service, “M,” who tried to enforce strict control and to communicate clear objectives, but Bond always got the job done—his way. And he managed to stay employed through dozens of novels and movies (not to mention seven actors).
While today’s manager may not be willing to grant a mobile worker a license to kill, she still needs to clarify objectives, maintain channels of clear communications, and evaluate whether tasks were completed and deliverables obtained—holding the worker accountable for the results. READ MORE