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Management practices need to adapt to manage ‘out of sight’ employees

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Employees managed to adopt remote working quickly and with relative ease, but what about management? According to a new report from VMware (opens in new tab), it’s complicated; the C-suite and other managers are having trouble adapting to the new normal and being at peace with the ‘out of sight’ employee.

Polling 2,850 HR leaders and IT decision makers from EMEA, the firm uncovered that almost four in ten worry their team will lose focus due to remote working. More than a quarter said the Board discourages remote working (opens in new tab), while half (53 percent) feel pressured into being online after-hours.

According to VMware, traditional management thinking and practices need a “top-down shakeup” if businesses are to fully embrace hybrid and remote working.

The study also notes that the number of employees across the UK who consider remote working a prerequisite rather than a perk has jumped 41 percent since the start of the pandemic, rising to 53 percent among Gen X workers.

The benefits for employees are clear as day: they are more productive, spend more time with their families and are able to compete for jobs on a much larger geographical scale.

Kristine Dahl Steidel, VP EUC EMEA at VMware, said that with this digital foundation companies “need to instil the right culture and leadership (opens in new tab) approach to create a new way of work.”

Sead Fadilpašić is a freelance tech writer and journalist with more than 17 years experience writing technology-focussed news, blogs, whitepapers, reviews, and ebooks. And his work has featured in online media outlets from all over the world, including Al Jazeera Balkans (where he was a Multimedia Journalist), Crypto News, TechRadar Pro, and IT Pro Portal, where he has written news and features for over five years. Sead's experience also includes writing for inbound marketing, where he creates technology-based content for clients from London to Singapore. Sead is a HubSpot-certified content creator.