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Regus,
10
September
2013

Remote Management Report 2013

Managing at arm’s length

In February 2013 the CEO of Yahoo, Melissa Mayer, ordered all the company’s workers back to fixed office working.

The move – designed to prevent abuse of flexible working practices – was instantly pilloried by commentators around the globe as reactionary and short-sighted. Yet Ms Mayer’s reaction to poor performance is a common fear in the minds of managers contemplating the task of motivating and managing staff at a distance. The more sensible commentators observed that abuse of remote working practices by employees is not the fault of remote working itself, but simply a failure of management. After all, the challenge of managing a mobile workforce will not go away.