A new, more trusting style of leadership is needed to manage people working from home, says tech exec

  • Tech company Splunk has more than 6,000 staff working from home and has adapted to a more trusting style of leadership.
  • Splunk is training leaders and managers to understand employees’ needs as they work remotely, according to its Chief Technical Adviser James Hodge.
  • Having people work from home also means companies have access to a wider talent pool, Hodge said.

LONDON — When the coronavirus pandemic closed workplaces earlier this year, businesses effectively went from having one or more locations to having as many offices as they did employees, as staff worked from home.

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For software company Splunk, this effectively meant going from 35 offices to more than 6,000 “overnight,” according to the firm’s Chief Technical Adviser James Hodge. Having so many people working at home has meant a more trusting style of leadership is necessary, Hodge told CNBC’s “Squawk Box Europe” on Monday.

“The first few months

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