Make sure you stay on top of what your employees are doing.
Managing remote employees creates many unique challenges and opportunities. Employers may see increased productivity and reduced costs when they allow a remote work option. But they need to set telecommuting rules to clarify management and employee expectations. Without clear rules, working from home may reduce rather than enhance productivity. Plus, creating a telecommute option opens the door to Americans with Disability Act (ADA) accommodation requests to work at home. Allowing remote work during a Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave requires careful management. Remote employees also need training in time-keeping and safety and accident prevention.