Forrester Research recently projected that the cloud computing industry will reach a market value of $241 billion by 2020, up substantially from the current $41 billion.
One of the major factors behind this transition is the prospect of decentralized workforces, as many workers who are able to access work material, resources and communication through the cloud have no need to be in an office five days out of the week. Experts believe this development will drastically cut back the number of commuters in the U.S.
However, from a managerial perspective, a number of problems remain. For one, how do you uphold productivity and engagement when your staff is completely decentralized? How can you effectively communicate with telecommuters? How do you lead?
While it’s true that some of these concerns are persistent and unlikely to be resolved as the cloud transition progresses, it may help to look at some of the benefits of a telecommuting workforce.
Overhead costs, for example, can be drastically reduced. What’s more, recent research by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee determined that employees who telecommute a majority of the work week are much happier with their jobs.
How can managers maintain a leadership role in a remote workforce?