Courtesy of: Bamboo HR

You know that cousin you haven’t spoken to in years? It’s not because you don’t like her—you just moved away from each other and lost touch. A month without contact turns into six months, then a year, and soon you realize you have no clue what she’s been up to. Fortunately, no matter how long between phone calls or family reunions, your cousin will always be your cousin.

The same can’t be said for remote workers. When best practices break down at your organization, instead of taking years to drift apart, it may only take a few days for remote employees to feel neglected and disengaged.

This becomes more important when you consider that remote workers are becoming a more substantial piece of the workforce year over year. According to Gallup in 2016, 43 percent of working Americans said they spent at least some time working remotely—a four-point increase since 2012. Employers are responding to this growing demand for remote work options as well, with 40 percent more offering flexible or remote work options today than they did five years ago.

Whether your organization has five or five hundred remote workers, it’s important to learn how to manage them effectively. As you learn remote-worker best practices, you can grow your reputation as a great place to work, attract top candidates from around the world, and retain the exceptional people you already have on your remote team.

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