How to Manage Virtual Employees

In our latest FastCompany column, we summarized best practices in managing virtual employees:

…Daigle observed that the virtual structure eliminates many political issues: “Not only do we not have much of the water cooler, idle time type of communication, and resulting issues — we don’t have time for it. I think there is some truth that the four of us [of the EVS management team] have got by without serious conflicts over 6 full years because we’re somewhat forced (by geographic non-proximity) to stay out of one another’s way, trusting each other to execute. Despite being geographically dispersed, all four senior managers are actively involved in both sales and operations, in touch via email, instant messaging, and phone daily. However, because we are distant we are forced to act independently and to focus on execution.”