3 Questions Remote Leaders Ask Their Team Every Week

I can’t lie, I used to think having remote workers was a terrible idea. I couldn’t see any path for working remotely that created a better and more effective team. Having said that, the realities of commuting, employee demands, and cost have flipped the traditional work model on its head and have even forced some of my own team to work remotely.

The latest research shows a 115 percent increase in telecommuting over the past 10 years, and that 43 percent of the U.S. workforce currently works remotely–meaning there are a lot of organizational leaders leading remote teams.

Leading a remote team might be the new norm, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. I asked a few leaders of remote teams a simple question. “Why is leading a remote team so difficult?” Adam Shuford, a sales manager at Abbott, said it’s “because it’s convenient to take the easy route and make being remote ‘distant.’ But just because you’re remote doesn’t mean it can’t be personal.”

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