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4 ways to manage remote workers effectively

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In February 2013, Yahoo made headlines around the globe when news leaked of a companywide memo announcing the end of telecommuting, effective June 1. One week later, Best Buy followed suit. Though the offi­cial explanation by both companies was that the move was brought on by a need to build company culture, it left many wondering if the days of remote work options are dwin­dling.

Despite the shift from telecommuting at some companies, research suggests that allowing it is advantageous to the employer. According to Washington State Univer­sity psychology professor Tahira Probst, PhD, studies confirm a positive correlation between telecommuting and significantly higher levels of job satisfaction and perfor­mance, and reduced turnover and stress. Given those benefits, managers may be the prime beneficiaries of remote work options, provided they know how to manage toward a successful arrangement.

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