Managing Offsite Employees


How You Will Benefit

The workforce is changing rapidly. An increasing
number of employees work offsite, by choice (theirs
or their employer’s) or by necessity. A few years ago,
34 million Americans worked remotely at least
occasionally, and that number is expected to jump to
63 million by the middle of this decade. Some of your
employees may work at home, in close proximity to
the onsite team. Others may be scattered around the
country or the globe. Given the increasingly global
nature of today’s organizations—as well as
improvements in technology that facilitate virtual
collaboration and a workforce that insists on more
flexibility and independence—this trend is likely to
keep gaining momentum.
By improving your ability to manage offsite
employees, you will empower yourself in many ways.
You will increase your ability to recruit, hire, and
retain the right employees for a job. You will help
ensure that your team is cohesive and productive.
You will know how to avoid costly, time‐consuming
problems and help your team meet its goals. As Dave
Ross, cofounder of workplace solutions firm The Vaya
Group, explains, skillful managers of remote
employees “can build camaraderie, create a more
positive work environment, and encourage stronger
business performance regardless of distance.”

Course Objectives

When you complete this course, you will be able to:
 Discuss the benefits and challenges of offsite
working relationships for employees, managers,
and organizations.
 Explain the importance of successfully managing
offsite employees.
 Identify the factors and tools that must be in
place for an offsite employee to be effective.
 Describe the role that trust and communication
play in the success of an offsite relationship.
 Employ strategies that help offsite employees
stay on track and that deal with common
problems faced by managers.
 Follow a set of best practices for successfully
managing offsite employees.

Key Topics Covered

This course explores the following subjects in depth:

 Professional, personal, and financial advantages

of an offsite working relationship.

 Core characteristics and abilities of successful

remote workers and their managers.

 Categories and examples of jobs that require

employees’ presence onsite.

 Must‐have equipment and technologies for

remote workers to do their jobs well.

 How to establish mutual trust with offsite

employees and keep them in the loop.

 How to thoroughly prepare employees to work

remotely and set them up for success.

 Warning signs of an unproductive offsite worker

and how to deal with this situation.

 Common challenges faced by managers of

offsite employees and strategies to overcome


What the Course Offers

 Interactive learning setting
 Opportunity to apply the concepts in a risk‐free
 A thorough set of materials: Instructor Guide,
Participant Guide, classroom PowerPoint
presentation, and one‐page Learning Summary