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Out of sight, but not out of mind

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woman working from homeA recent Forbes article reports that roughly 30 million Americans work from a home office at least one day a week, and this figure is expected to increase by 63% in the next five years. While some of these people are self-employed, many are under the supervision of a manager. Tele­­commuting can offer employers a variety of potential advantages ranging from reduced facility costs to lower turnover and absenteeism, but successful management of off-site employees takes some special consideration. Try these four strategies to promote productivity and positive relationships:

1. Focus on results.

Some managers of remote employees stress over the minute-by-minute whereabouts of their charges, fearing they may be trying to “get away” with doing less work. While it’s true that a home-based worker may throw dinner in the oven while on the clock (and equally true that office workers sometimes interrupt their day to chat or check Face­...(register to read more)

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