Small Business and Startup Tips: Managing Remote Employees Ross | April 19th, 2012

Did you know that more than 34 million Americans already work from home, at least part time? In fact, that number is expected to nearly double in the next five years, according to Forrester. If we have anywhere close to 63 million remote workers by 2016, remote workers will represent over 40 percent of the entire workforce in the U.S.

Some companies hire remote employees in order to find the best people. By hiring only in geographically small locations, companies give up the opportunity to find better candidates elsewhere. And while it’s not unusual for small startups to work remotely, this can scale to hundreds of employees working remotely.

But how can you effectively manage your remote employees? I encourage you to watch the following video where, together with representatives from DELL and Microsoft, I discuss the challenges of managing remote teams and how to overcome those challenges with policies, culture changes, and technology.

Do you have any questions or additional tips for managing remote employees? Please share in the comments below.

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  • Ramon Barca

    “If we have anywhere close to 63 million remote workers by
    2016, remote workers will represent over 40 percent of the entire workforce in
    the U.S.”

     

    Very true, granting if the total U.S. workforce (at 154.4 mil. 2012
    est.) stays the same. By then, almost all businesses will have programs to accommodate
    the 40% of the workforce. So ASAP, businesses should get their policies ready
    for the inevitability of telecommuting.

     

    As for additional tips, I found this interesting slideshow
    that discuss tools you can use to manage remote employees: http://www.slideshare.net/cloydwaldo/preparing-your-business-for-telecommuting

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