Telemanagers vs. Traditional Managers

How they compare -- how they are perceived by the workers they manage

Who makes a good manager? Can a good "traditional manager" be a good "telemanager" (a manager of teleworkers)? What skills, if any, are different for managing employees who work remotely? These are core questions for employees, managers and companies considering or actually implementing telework programs.

To help answer some of these questions, Bill Morganstern, VP of Human Resources at Fortel (a performance management software company) and a doctoral student at California Coast University, surveyed more than 400 teleworkers and 100 managers as part of his dissertation.

Here are some of Morganstern's findings so far:

Communication is the Key
According to Morganstern, the key cause of poor management is the inability to communicate effectively. Morganstern offers these observations on how to enhance communication with teleworkers:

To find out more

To take the Morganstern survey