In the 1980s, there was a widespread HR expectation that most white-collar workers would be working remotely within a couple decades, as Liz Ryan writes for Forbes. It hasn’t quite worked out that way, according to Ryan. About 24% of the workforce today works from home, and organisations such as Yahoo have called some of their “flexible” employees back to the office. Ryan, an HR professional, argues that the main obstacle is managers’ inability to trust their employees. She suggests that remote work remains a desirable goal and that managers ease into it with pilot projects that build trust.
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