Effective communication with remote working staff is critical.
Here are some suggestions the Practical Guide to Human Resources Management recommends to supervise employees who work remotely.
Have employees who work remotely? Use these five tips to manage them effectively
Tip#1: Establish regular times for discussing work progress with staff members who work remotely;
Tip#2: Be clear about expectations and performance criteria;
Tip#3: Organise team meetings that include employees who work remotely to join via conference calls;
Tip#4: Ensure you include employees who work remotely in training, professional development and office social opportunities; and
Tip#5: Remember that tone and context can be lost in an email, so set up some face-to-face meetings where possible.
Be sure to make regular feedback sessions a part of your management style. Foster an environment in which giving and receiving feedback is the norm regardless of whether your employees work remotely or not.
With these tips, you'll be sure to manage employees who work remotely more effectively and improve their performance.