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6 Things You Must Do to Effectively Manage Remote Workers

Early experiences, onboarding and training can really make a difference

Source | | Tricia Sciortino

This article is included in Entrepreneur Voices on Strategic Management, a new book containing insights from more than 20 contributors, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders.

We’ve heard it all before. Remote workers are picking up steam at unprecedented levels. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, almost one-quarter of employed people perform some or all of their work from their kitchen table, home office or back porch. And, fewer business leaders question that virtual work promotes cost savings, ramps up performance and deepens employee retention.

But, a major question remains: How can we onboard new offsite talent to ensure they stay the course, perform according to corporate values, produce as expected and integrate well with other distributed team members? Perhaps some of these unresolved and persistent issues explain why companies like Honeywell and Charter Communications have banned work-from-home options. But, there are many, many businesses starting out with a virtual model from Day One, in addition to companies that have started to incorporate remote team members into their organizations. For these reasons, it’s important to keep the conversation about virtual workplaces alive.

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