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7 Skills You Need to Manage Remote Employees

But for all the perks of being productive in pajamas, there are challenges. As part of a recent study, VitalSmarts surveyed 1,153 remote employees and found they more often feel undervalued than their onsite associates do. Specifically, remote employees more frequently feel that coworkers talk behind their backs, make changes to projects without warning, lobby against them, and fail to fight for their priorities. What’s more, remote employees strain to resolve these concerns. In fact, 84 percent of those surveyed admitted to letting concerns persist for days, while 47 percent let them go unresolved for weeks. Such unresolved feelings of underappreciation impact deadlines, morale, retention, costs, and productivity.

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