If you live in the 21st century and own a laptop or at the very least a smartphone, then you are probably not new to the idea of remote working. Whether you choose to call it virtual working, telecommuting, cloud working etc. It all points to a situation where an employee is “operating” from home and communicating with a central office the internet.

The internet is pulling down boundaries of space and time, it’s ensuring the concepts of “working from home” and “remote teams” gain more prominence as the days go by. Technology is ensuring that mothers can retain their place as CEOs why burping their babies at home. It’s cutting down on long-distance commutes thereby helping folks save on gas. Companies are casting a wider net for top talents and it’s paying off considerably, office expenditure has been cut down and job satisfaction is generally increased. Funds are now being channelled towards product improvement and staff training.

While the numerous benefits all point to the fact that more businesses should embrace the idea of employees working from home, there is also the all important question of productivity.  What’s the guaranty that your remote staff is 100% focused and committed to achieving your business goals? How do you keep track of everyone’s progress and ensure assignments are turned in on time while staying organized?

Business owners are adapting to this new trend but how effectively are they doing it? Some issues are better resolved with a round-table discussion, and feedback & brainstorming is often required to come with an innovative solution to a problem.There is also the fact that not everyone is really cut out for off-site work. Some require an extra dose of motivation to achieve maximum output.

For a new CEO, this could prove quite problematic but do not despair, quite a number of managers have overcome this hurdle and here are 7 tips to help you manage a remote team as well. Infographic is designed by Nutcache.

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