Waterloo disruption: How to manage a remote team

Some pointers on how to cope when lots of your staff are working from home.

by Jason Downes

As the impact of the Waterloo Station upgrade work kicks in, commuters and employers are coming to terms with a large section of London’s rail network being severely disrupted for the majority of August.

But the changes should be seen not as an inconvenience to both employers and employees, but as an opportunity to increase productivity by trying different ways of working. Remote working has clear business benefits: research from Stanford University has found that remote workers are 13% more productive, take fewer sick days and benefit from a quieter working environment.

As an employer, there’s no better time to reap the benefits of a flexible workforce than when disruption is set to throw commuters out of their daily routine. However, many business leaders remain unsure about how to manage a team working remotely. Here are a few pointers:

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