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How to Manage Remote Employees

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One of the benefits of advanced technol­ogy in the workplace is that it allows for more flexibility for employees, including the opportunity for some to work remotely. Although this provides many benefits to the employee, it presents some challenges to managers. Here’s how to adapt your man­agement style to engage employees who work remotely:

1. Communicate regularly

Managing a remote team can often feel like “out of sight, out of mind” to both the manager and the employee. Focus on staying con­nected through weekly phone meetings, con­ference calls, video chats or text messaging.

2. Engage through recognition

Recognition is an incentive for doing well. Provide employees with real-time feedback rather than only during annual reviews. Publicly recognize employees for work well done through group emails or team confer­ence calls. Alternatively, provides a platform to electronically measure perfor­mance, recognize employees and notify the team whenever someone accomplishes a noteworthy task.

3. Stay connected

If your organization has an intranet, leverage it to connect your employees and remote workers. Alternatively, you could use Yammer, a private social network, or create a Facebook group and encourage users to post news, updates and even work-appro­priate jokes. Having a central place where all employees can interact keeps them connected.

As companies continue to move to a flex­ible workplace there will be more employees who opt to work remotely. Managing those employees can be an opportunity for manag­ers to get creative with their leadership.

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