Excellent article from Harvard Business Review — as managing remote workers suddenly is a new challenge for many managers

https://hbr.org/2020/03/a-guide-to-managing-your-newly-remote-workers

A Guide to Managing Your (Newly) Remote Workers – In response to the uncertainties presented by Covid-19, many companies and universities have asked their employees to work remotely. While close to a quarter of the U.S. workforce already works from home at least part of the time, the new policies leave many employees — and their managers — working out of the office and separated from each other for the first time.

Although it is always preferable to establish clear remote-work policies and training in advance, in times of crisis or other rapidly changing circumstances, this level of preparation may not be feasible. Fortunately, there are specific, research-based steps that managers can take without great effort to improve the engagement and productivity of remote employees, even when there is little time to prepare.

Common Challenges of Remote Work — To start, managers need to understand factors that can make remote work especially demanding. Otherwise high-performing employees may experience declines in job performance and engagement when they begin working remotely, especially in the absence of preparation and training. Challenges inherent in remote work include:

Lack of face-to-face supervision:
Lack of access to information:
Social isolation:
Distractions at home:

How Managers Can Support Remote Employees — As much as remote work can be fraught with challenges, there are also relatively quick and inexpensive things that managers can do to ease the transition. Actions that you can take today include:

Establish structured daily check-ins:
Provide several different communication technology options:
And then establish “rules of engagement”:
Provide opportunities for remote social interaction:
Offer encouragement and emotional support: