Companies of all sizes are moving to remote work because employees want flexibility. While some managers are concerned that a remote option may hamper productivity, research and observations confirm that when businesses maintain an effective policy for remote working that it actually improves key performance metrics and employee morale.

There are many questions about remote working, from how it compares with flexible hours or whether companies have an all-inclusive workforce. Fortunately, there are also a lot of proven benefits to providing remote working options, ranging from the removal of the commute (the most important benefit of telecommuting, according to the 2020 FlexJobs survey) to more engagement and retention providing employees with the flexibility they need.

Flexible work arrangements are when an employee or team does not report to the workplace for at least for a short period of time. It could be working from home for a few days of the week or working completely remotely. This could also mean working at a satellite office like a coworking facility or cafe, or an employee who travels.

Whatever the way your company defines flexible work arrangements it is essential that leaders and managers give regular feedback on performance and communication. It’s a good idea, also, to have regular virtual meetings and standups in order to encourage collaboration, collaboration and creativity. Finally, don’t forget to congratulate your remote teams when they deserve it. If your employees are not feeling appreciated or aren’t happy the performance of their team will be affected.