Kelly Jackson, a 27-year-old account director at Ogilvy in Chicago, credits her success with developing mentoring relationships throughout her career. Three years ago, when Jackson was a public relations manager at the Philadelphia-based marketing firm Allen & Gerritsen, she asked three top executives at the firm to be her mentors—to answer her questions, offer advice and help her navigate the workplace. Those relationships helped to advance her career.
han a year working from home instead of in an office. According to a new Harvard Business School Online survey of nearly 1,500 professionals, 61% of those surveyed are looking forward to going back to the office (i.e. two or three days a week); 18% say they want to return full time and 27% don’t want to return to the office at all. In another survey, 54% said they want to work remotely at least three days a week.
Remote work during the pandemic has blurred the boundaries between our professional and personal lives, making it harder than ever to maintain a good work-life balance. Family obligations, health issues, online schooling and a host of other issues present challenges to employees which often necessitate more flexibility than usual from managers. We’re interested in learning […]
Due the pandemic, a large percentage of the workforce is now fully remote. Depending on health and safety guidelines, many organizations will eventually ask their remote workers to return to the office. Company timelines for going back to the office vary–and are constantly shifting. Several months ago, many employees expected to go back to the […]
This past June, TorchLight conducted a Remote Work Survey focused on various aspects of working at home during the pandemic. During the first three months of COVID-19 (March-May), respondents were surprised by how much they enjoy working remotely, as well as thelevel of productivity they were able to achieve with home as their base. The […]
Last week, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics released data that the number of employees who voluntarily quit their jobs in July was 344,000 totaling nearly 3M workers since the pandemic hit.
Probably the most important aspect of remote work is trust. It’s important to trust your employees to get the job done until proven otherwise, so remote work can be difficult for those used to being a micromanager or even those who aren’t! If you have tendencies to overmanage, think about what you’ll do to show […]
Keeping your employees connected is a key part of remote team setup. Since you won’t see each other every day, you can set up regular team check-ins to stay on the same page and monitor progress. On top of the many individual conversations that will need to occur over phone, video or email, consider scheduling […]
With the global pandemic that has erupted in the year 2020, millions of Americans and people around the globe have been let go from their jobs. The more fortunate bunch were able to remain at their positions with many having no choice but to transfer to online working, in order to minimize contact risk at […]
Many organizations may be hesitant to give you the green light for remote work. After all, “working from home” has an inevitable “lounging on the couch in your pajamas with the TV on in the background” ring to it. However, statistics conducted by many companies have found encouraging trends concerning work productivity and satisfaction. Additionally, […]