THE CASE FOR DECENTRALIZED WORKPLACES IN DEVELOPING ECONOMIES

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Technology is making working in a decentralized workspace easier with a proliferation of video conferencing and collaboration tools. Some companies have even gone as far as having a fully decentralized workspace. With all the benefits for the employee in terms of reduced transport costs and flexible work schedule, there is still the challenge of overcoming obscurity. Remaining relevant and visible to key decision makers will always be the biggest downside to being a remote worker. It greatly reduces the growth potential of one’s career. In many instances, the onsite workers will still get the better projects and more promotions than their remote working colleagues. 

 

This paper coverd the following areas:

  1. The case for decentralized working.
  2. Which leading companies are using decentralized working to their advantage with research on cost savings, improved employee productivity, less attrition etc.
  3. The best performance assessment systems for decentralized working.
  4. Difference between growth trajectories of onsite workers and remote workers.
  5. What employees can do to remain relevant in a decentralized workplace (with concrete examples).
  6. What employers can do to remove bias in performance assessment between remote and onsite workers.
  7. Cousant Connnect’s experience using both onsite and remote workers in Nigeria.
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