Managers’ common fears about remote work and how to solve those problems

Remote work has been around long enough that we can now see that managers’ biggest fears when it comes to letting employees work remotely are surmountable, Alison Green writes. Some managers are afraid that letting employees work remotely will lead to lead to a drop in communication. Green says that’s solvable through the use of a program like Slack and with expectations about clear communication — for example, set the standard that everyone will have one-on-one meetings by phone every week. Another fear is that managers won’t be able to as easily see signs of productivity. Green says the solution to this fear is create clear, measurable goals so that both the manager and employee can see whether they’re on track and adjust if needed.