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在家办公有可能当上领导吗?

Anne Fisher 2018年09月22日

和其他类型的劳动者相比,从事“管理或专业服务”的人在家完成全部或部分工作机会更多。

有没有幻想免除日常通勤奔波,却又担心在家工作不适合高层管理者?如果你这样想过,好消息来了,因为远程办公已经有所变化。

发布兼职和全职远程工作的招聘网站FlexJobs最近分析了美国劳工统计局的数据,发现目前在家办公者平均年龄是46岁及以上,学历在学士以上,工资中位数也比到办公室上班的人们高。劳工统计局还指出,和其他类型的劳动者相比,从事“管理或专业服务”的人在家完成全部或部分工作的机会更多。

FlexJobs首席执行官萨拉·萨顿·费尔说,想远程工作的高管“往往惊讶地发现,符合自己工作经验与事业水平”的职位选择非常多。截至今年9月中,在该网站上招聘有意远程办公的高层以及核心管理职位有1081个。

以下是最新10个在家上班职位的头衔以及工资:

· 首席营销官,170,500美元

· 数字/在线营销主管,100400美元

· 财务主管,111000美元

· 产品营销主管,137800美元

· 战略合作伙伴主管,130300美元

· 供应商关系运营总监,88000美元

· 区域副总裁,138000美元

· 外联副总裁,126000美元

· 数据科学副总裁,125800美元

· 工程副总裁,235000美元

萨顿·费尔指出,除了相应的专业学识,应聘者还应强调自己熟练使用Skype、Slack和Google Hangouts等远程工具的能力。她建议,在面试时或求职信中详细介绍此前远程管理及合作的经验。“比如说,你怎么组织远程会议?怎样和团队沟通以及沟通频率如何?怎样追踪最终期限和项目?越详细越好。” 萨顿·费尔还表示,如果以前没有远程工作的经验,不一定会落选,前提是能用实例说明怎样发挥“软”实力完成重大任务。

TeleworkRecruiting是另一家大型远程工作招聘网站。该网站总裁帕梅拉·拉乔亚说:“远程上班的管理者需要具备的‘人际能力’和到公司上班的管理者完全一样,而且要更强才行。团队领导远程工作的要求高得多。”比如,远程团队负责人要跟直接下属密切联系就更费劲,因为空间距离远了很容易漏掉关键信息。拉乔亚指出:“如果可以的话,一个月至少要去办公室一次,和团队成员见面,鼓励他们把心里的问题说出来。而且,要比每天见面倾听得更认真。”

她还说,远程管理并不是适合所有人。对某些性格,特别是外向的人(大多数估算显示,外向者约占美国人口的一半)来说,办公室里的交流和友谊比想象中重要得多,等到日复一日地独自在家上班才会意识到。

不确定自己能否适应?拉乔亚的建议是:“试着在家工作一个月,就做现在的工作。你可能感觉良好,也可能觉得太孤单又与世隔绝,没准会欢呼着跑回办公室上班。”(财富中文网)

作者安妮·费希尔是职场专家,也是提供职场建议的专栏作家。她在《财富》开设“解决问题”(Work It Out)专栏,向读者提供21世纪的工作与生活指南。

译者:Charlie

审校:夏林

Ever daydream about ditching your daily commute, but worry that working from home just isn’t compatible with a senior management career? If so, here’s some good news: Telecommuting has evolved.

FlexJobs, a site that posts openings for positions that allow remote work all or part of the time, recently analyzed data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and found that the average telecommuter now is age 46 or older, has at least a bachelor’s degree, and earns a higher median salary than his or her in-office counterpart. The BLS also reported that employees classed as “managerial or professional” were more likely than other types of workers to do all or some of their work from home.

Executives who’d like to telecommute “are often surprised by the variety of remote jobs that match their experience and career level,” says FlexJobs CEO Sara Sutton Fell—and not just a few positions, either. As of mid-September, the site listed 1,081 senior management and C-suite openings for people interested in telecommuting.

Ten recent and current examples of titles and salaries for these work-at-home jobs:

· Chief Marketing Officer, $170,500

· Director of Digital/Online Marketing, $100,440

· Director of Finance, $111,000

· Director of Product Marketing, $137,800

· Director of Strategic Partnerships, $130,300

· Head of Operations, Vendor Relations $88,000

· Regional Vice President, $138,000

· Vice President for Communications, $126,000

· Vice President of Data Science, $125,800

· Vice President of Engineering, $235,000

Beyond the appropriate professional know-how, candidates need to stress how adept they are with virtual tools like Skype, Slack, and Google Hangouts, says Sutton Fell. In interviews or cover letters, she suggests going into detail about how you’ve managed or collaborated from a distance in your career so far. “How did you run remote meetings, for example? How did you communicate with your team, and how often? How did you track deadlines and projects? The more specific you can be, the better.” Lacking previous telecommuting experience won’t necessarily put you out of the running, Sutton Fell adds, if you can give examples of how you’ve used your “soft” skills to accomplish big things.

“A virtual manager needs all the same ‘people skills’ as an in-person manager, only super-sized,” notes Pamela LaGioia, president of TeleworkRecruiting,another big virtual-job site. “Leading remotely is a lot more demanding.” Virtual team leaders should make an extra effort to keep up strong relationships with direct reports, for instance, because physical distance makes it easier to miss critical information. “If you can, go on-site in person at least once a month, meet with each team member one on one, and encourage people to tell you their concerns,” says LaGioia. “Then, listen even more carefully than you would if you saw them every day.”

Long-distance leadership isn’t for everybody, she adds. Some personality types, notably extroverts (about half the U.S. population, by most estimates), thrive on the contact and camaraderie of an office more than they may realize—until they try working home alone, day in and day out.

Not sure if that might apply to you? “Try doing your current job from home for a month,” LaGioia suggests. “You may be fine with it, or you may find you feel so lonely and out of touch that you run screaming back to the office.”

Anne Fisher is a career expert and advice columnist who writes “Work It Out,” Fortune’s guide to working and living in the 21st century.

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