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5 strategies for managing teleworkers

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Whatever the reasons—job autonomy, better productivity in a regimen other than 8-to-5, gas prices, work and family balance—telecommuters have become one of the fastest-growing groups of employees in corporate America.

More than 33 million Americans now work remotely at least one day per month, according to the nonprofit WorldatWork “Telework Trendlines 2009” survey report. Still, most managers have been trained to work with employees who are only physically present to them. How can you manage what you can’t see?

According to Rose Stanley, telework practice leader at WorldatWork, management training is the first step toward instituting a successful telecommuting program.

“Luckily, a good manager is a good manager,” Stanley says. “Managers need strong communication skills, knowledge of company policy and procedures, awareness of performance objectives and results, and, most of all, trust in their employees, no matt...(register to read more)

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