A terrific article in the latest Harvard Business Review – ‘Why Remote Workers Are More (Yes, More) Engaged' – is a must-read. It explains the results of a feedback process in an organisation that revealed team members who were not in the same location with their leaders were more engaged and committed to their work and leader, than team members in the office. The author, Scott Edinger, explains why. See: http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2012/08/are_you_taking_your_people_for.html –
For a recent study looking at the link between flexible working practices and increased productivity, see the Regus study It found that 76% of small-business owners and managers surveyed believed their company was more productive as a result of allowing employees more choice over where and when they worked. It also found 64 per cent of larger organisations agreed. Source: EEO Trust, NZ.
A recent article from the Training Zone, UK, suggests if you want to be a good leader, develop your active listening skills. It's a great article, check it out at:http://www.trainingzone.co.uk/topic/soft-skills/short-course-listening-get-people-talking/176289