Keep It Simple

Take some tips from two companies that manage the complexity of multiple locations

No one can be in two places at once. So how can an organization’s leadership manage employees in many locations at the same time? For an organization in growth mode, the question takes on the perspective of replicating success. In contrast, a long-established company can struggle to keep accurate communication with distant offices. The question of how to manage remote locations is persistent in the face of technology; the limitations of electronic communication can be amplified over distance. The issue requires an effective strategy; two Canadian companies share their best practices.

Williams Engineering

“I’ve always had a real passion for training and development,” says Margot Ross-Graham, Vice-President Integration at Williams Engineering Canada (WEC). At first glance that passion seems to be a roundabout way to start a conversation about managing the HR needs of a multi-site company. But for Ross-Graham, investing in training and development is the perfect place to start the process of a management approach that relies on the firm belief in the capacity of all people to learn and perform their work well. 

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Bobbi-Sue Menard