In today's decentralized workplace, roughly 40 percent of employees do some form of telecommuting. How can managers best motivate their staff when they may not even have physical contact with them for weeks at a time? The answer is to build and maintain relationships. Here are some techniques you can use: * Meet face-to-face--A Harvard research study found that the first interaction between team members was critical to building trust in working relationships. Use the employee orientation ...

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