Until recently, a request to work from home was not one that employers were willing to entertain. Many employers feared their employees would be too distracted, and therefore less productive, if not under the constant supervision of co-workers and supervisors. The option to work remotely was seen as a special arrangement to accommodate workers on a case-by-case basis.

However, times change.

A 159% increase in people working from home between 2005 and 2017 jumped to a 400% increase between 2010 and 2019. It’s clear the shift to remote work isn’t slowing down.

The continued increase in the remote workforce is possible due to the steady advancement in teleconferencing and technology. Nowadays, it’s not uncommon for members of your team to work remotely once or twice per week.

In order for any team to survive and thrive, there needs to be a culture of inclusion, collaboration, and respect. As the manager of a remote team, developing and promoting this type of culture is an especially important task. When coworkers aren’t physically in the same place, there are fewer opportunities to foster interpersonal interaction and connection, so it’s important to be proactive and creative. Really, an effective remote team should feel pretty similar to a team with a physical office.