Bottom-line: What are important things to consider when managing a team where part are in an office that will be closed?
My company is closing an office where I have a few directs. Some will be laid-off. Others will be offered to work at home. There is another office 5-10 miles away where they go either work from or meet occasionally.
How hard do I push to travel there to tell them in person? My thought is to push really hard even though travel is extremely tight. My people are a fraction of the staff there. But I'd consider the ones they'd like to stay and work from home at high flight risk. I believe I need to tell the ones being laid off and strongly encourage the ones we want to stay. I have listened to all the podcasts I could find related to layoffs and feel prepared to handle this as gracefully as I possibly can. (Thank you!)
Anything special on handling the team left behind? Unfortunately :( I've spent the past year getting them to pull together as one team from different locations and felt that this had finally hit it's stride. So, the rest of the team are very friendly with their coworkers who will be laid off or offered to work from home. I'm sure there will be some mourning for them and adjustment to the team.
Anything pointers to topics on getting people to work effectively from home who haven't done it before (and actually weren't asking to do it)? I personally did it one day a week and know the pros & cons. But I don't know about doing it on a full time basis. The ones we want to keep are great performers and 1) may not like it; 2) I don't want them to start slipping either. I did listen again to the Virtual Team one and we'd already been working on doing that better. But with people being put into their homes who didn't ask to do that, I'm concerned about them having any sense of team.