How to maintain team spirit, and keep motivation up, is an incredibly daunting prospect for many businesses which don't usually have everyone working remotely. However, there are lots of businesses that are already operate in this manner.
Julia Streets runs a financial consultancy exclusively staffed by working mums, which she specifically set up on a remote basis so to avoid losing talent due to caring responsibilities. Ed Smith runs a training business with a team based around the world, with flexible working at its heart. Julia and Ed can share their experiences of keeping their colleagues engaged when not physically present.
Small companies are not the only beneficiaries of flexible working models. Neil Morrison has had a stellar career in HR in sectors including Retail (Argos), Publishing (Penguin Random house) and now Utilities (Severn Trent). He talks about recruitment and retainment of talent, and the challenges faced of communicating with workforces spread over wide geographies, and working in incredibly varied roles.