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Kim Shepherd Bylines in Strategic HR Review: How to Successfully Turn a Company Virtual

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Decision Toolbox CEO Kim Shepherd‘s article with advice on how to turn a company virtual appeared in a recent issue of Strategic HR Review. This journal – which caters to senior level HR professionals – is part of Emerald Group Publishing, a global publisher linking research and practice to the benefit of society. Its portfolio of digital products is downloaded more than 70,000 times a day, with its HR journal receiving the third highest downloads per minute.

Excerpt from the article:

When you take away a company’s “sticks and bricks”, i.e. the physical building, break room and desks, what are you left with?

The answer is simple: people and culture. Transitioning a company to virtual involves much more than formal risk analysis and assessing costs. It is about creating a feeling – something that goes beyond the data and numbers and into your employee’s hearts.

People have a tendency to assume virtual means disconnected or unstructured, as we do not have an office and therefore do not see our employees in person like brick and mortar companies. But it is the exact opposite. Decision Toolbox (DT) has been 100 per cent virtual for more than a decade and discovered in a thriving virtual business – you incorporate more tracking and performance metrics, and apply more thoughtfulness to connecting.

Traditional business philosophy may call for structured planning and analysis as the first step in making the move to a virtual environment; however, when it comes to going office-free, the approach must be different. Starting from the bottom up, a transition strategy must embrace the “squishy” and create a culture where staff feels valued, connected and excited about their work.

The article goes on to outline five steps to take to successful turn a company virtual.

Check out the full article here.

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