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Remote Reservations: Why Managers Are Afraid To Let Employees Work Virtually

Source | | Laurel Farrer

Professionals around the world are wanting, seeking—even demanding remote work more than ever, but not enough virtual roles are available to meet demand—which leads to the thought: Why aren’t more companies going remote?


In my decade of advising businesses on how to transition their operations and culture to be remote-friendly, I’ve consistently heard six excuses from managers about why virtual collaboration won’t work for them—myself included! In 2006, I was an operations manager and kept the distribution of my team a secret in fear of being perceived externally as an unreliable company. Now, I regret not capitalizing on the benefits of remote work earlier on in my business—and so do the companies that have shared the same excuses.

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