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The Virtual Manager [Kindle Edition]

Kevin Sheridan
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Book Description

The mere suggestion of employees working from home is enough to make many managers sweat. Faced with the prospect of managing an employee they canGÇÖt even see, many discover that their managerial style just doesnGÇÖt work anymore. As an increasing number of jobs can be executed from home, managers must learn how to adapt their leadership style to cater to remote employees.Based on years of research, The Virtual Manager provides any manager with the tools he or she needs to successfully work with virtual employees. Trust us: itGÇÖs not like managing office-bound employees! This book is a tell-all user manual for a new generation of managers. To stay competitive in a global marketplace, it is essential to incorporate virtual employees into talent management strategy. The Virtual Manager arms managers with the knowledge they need to be become effective virtual leaders, including actionable advice on how to:-+ Leverage the top engagement drivers for virtual employees -+ Develop or alter policies and procedures to fit virtual employeesGÇÖ needs -+ Measure the productivity and performance of virtual employees -+ Impact business outcomes through a flexible work strategy

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About the Author

New York Times best-selling author Kevin Sheridan is chief engagement officer (CEO) of HR Solutions, Inc., a human capital management consulting firm specializing in employee engagement surveys. Sheridan pioneered the idea of duel-ownership of employee engagement and was the first in his field to address the imbalance that an entire industry had overlooked. He has done consulting for some of the world's largest corporations and is a frequent speaker at conventions. His work and research have appeared in a myriad of national and international publications. Sheridan received a master's in Business Administration from the Harvard Business School. He resides in a Chicago suburb with his wife and two daughters. Visit his site at

Product Details

  • File Size: 2317 KB
  • Print Length: 225 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1601631855
  • Publisher: The Career Press; 1 edition (January 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006W4C1BY
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #530,975 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The Virtual Manager is a fantastic handbook not only for those who manage virtual employees, but for virtual employees themselves. By organizing key findings from numerous credible sources on the topic, exploring how Engagement plays into these aspects, and tying in years of experience, Kevin Sheridan offers a condensed yet straightforward guide for a new generation of virtual managers and workers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Virtual Manager May 16, 2012
Online networking, video conferencing, file sharing, collaborative work websites, email and other technological advances now enable employees to work from remote locations instead of commuting to offices where supervisors await. Human resources expert Kevin Sheridan details numerous best practices for managing remote, virtual employees. Most of his ideas reflect his deep expertise and prove sensible and actionable. getAbstract recommends many of Sheridan's concepts and his approach to managing virtual workers. Distance is tough on any relationship, especially managing or working for people you rarely see. This makes it easier.
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The need to attract and retain the very best employees comes with a new set of guidelines when analyzing the realities of today's mobile environment. Human Resources and employee engagement expert Kevin Sheridan has concisely captured solutions that can be operationally instituted across the organization to motivate the remote employee and, equally, produce great benefit to the company. The new strategies and communication techniques Kevin identifies will add immediate, positive results and wil allow organizations to positively leverage the realities of the new virtual workplace - to the benefit of both employees and leadership teams.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally a book for managing from a distance! February 5, 2014
By Amelia
Format:Kindle Edition
This book gives great insight on how to take management best practices and make them work for employees you don't see in-person every day. So many people are working from home nowadays that the old rules for managing people are outdated. Employees want more freedom, but managers still need to make sure they are doing a good job. This book shows people how companies can have the best of both worlds.
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More About the Author

With nearly 30 years of experience, Kevin Sheridan is an expert in human capital management and one of the most sought-after voices in the world on the topic of employee engagement. He is dedicated to helping organizations build a Magnetic Culture® that attracts and retains top talent. Having consulted for many industry-leading organizations, Kevin prides himself in his many years of hands-on experience that have helped him garner a deep understanding of the unique challenges and opportunities affecting human resources leaders today.

Kevin is a frequent keynote speaker at national and international conventions, including those hosted by the National Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), HRMAC, Chicago SHRM, HRMAC, Harvard Business School,, The Human Capital Institute, and the American Hospital Association. He is also a best-selling author of Building a Magnetic Culture, published by McGraw-Hill, and The Virtual Manager, published by Career Press.

Prior to forming Kevin Sheridan LLC, Kevin founded HR Solutions International in 1995, a firm specializing in measuring employee engagement and teaching best practices, which he sold in 2011. In this role, Kevin pioneered the wonderfully disruptive concept of joint ownership for employee engagement.

Kevin received a Master of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School, concentrating his degree in Managerial Decision-making and Strategy, Human Resources Management, and Organizational Behavior.

In his free time, Kevin volunteers with a variety of charities. He also enjoys golfing, fishing, and high-altitude mountaineering. He is in the process of climbing the highest mountain on every continent, an athletic journey known as "The Seven Summits." As such, he has stood at the top of Africa, Europe, and South America, climbing as high as 23,000 feet. His personal and professional travels have brought him to more than 65 different countries. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Winnetka, Illinois.

Kevin has been featured in numerous media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, USA TODAY, Chicago Tribune, Yahoo! News, Crain's Chicago Business, Human Resource Executive, Hospitals & Health Networks, Talent Management, Modern Healthcare, Engagement Strategies Magazine, and Chief Learning Officer.


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