Learning to manage in a distributed workplace by understanding the remote worker experience

Ella Hafermalz, KIN Center for Digital Innovation, VU Amsterdam

Learning to manage in a distributed workplace by understanding the remote worker experience

Employees are no longer tied to a single office location and can work on the road, offsite, and even from home. New technologies have made such distributed work possible. As it becomes increasingly important to source talent from wherever the best people are, it becomes equally important to learn how to use digital technologies to stay connected with these workers in order to engage and retain them. Dr Ella Hafermalz will share insights gained from her doctoral research on remote work, and will facilitate a workshop to equip managers with new skills and frameworks that can inform their practice, enabling them to lead more effectively in a distributed workplace.

 

About Ella Hafermalz

Dr Ella Hafermalz has studied new forms of working with technology, and in particular remote working, for over five years. In her PhD research she studied how remote workers use technology to stay connected with each other, managers, and their organisation. This has led to specific insights into experiences and strategies to address challenges of both working remotely and managing remote workers. Ella is an Assistant Professor at the KIN Center for Digital Innovation at the VU in Amsterdam, where she studies and teaches on topics of digital innovation, virtual organizing, and new ways of working.

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