Dear HR Executive:
If you’re considering whether a certain employee will work out as a telecommuter, you might want to use some counter-intuition to make your first decision in telecommuting management.
A leading psychological research firm, Pearn Kandola, has drawn some surprising conclusions about the personality type most likely to make a successful distance or mobile worker.
You might figure that the best telecommuter would be a person who’s shy and retiring, more likely to keep her head down in her cubicle than gab with office mates. After all, she won’t miss being in the office if she’s not there all the time.
But that’s not so, the research firm says. Their study on telecommuting management concluded that the most extroverted employees did the best on their own. Why? They had the interpersonal skills and inclination to remain connected, thus avoiding the alienating isolation that can dog many telecommuters.
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