The flexibility provided by remote working is very appealing, but there are issues both a remote worker and their management need to address to ensure that the company is benefitting from the work that person does for the The flexibility provided by remote working is very appealing, but there are issues both a remote worker and their management need to address to ensure that the company is benefitting from the work that person does for the company and that the remote worker enjoys their experience working with the company. The main disadvantages for a remote worker and their management are issues related to productivity and engagement. Some software systems a person might need to be able to do their job might not be accessible except by them logging in directly at a computer setup on the internal corporate network. The way that could be mitigated would be for the company to setup a computer internally just as they would for any other employee with the systems they needed and then configure the computer and their network to allow that person to remotely control that computer from outside the office securely, such as employing two factor authentication, and thus be able to do the same things that others can do internally. Attending meetings might be an issue, but if the company is willing to hold meetings that the remote person needs to attend in a room that has video conferencing equipment or at least telephone dial-in ability, the remote person could attend that way. And it’s true that remote workers miss out on all the spur of the moment interaction that someone working in the office would have, such as impromptu discussions at the water cooler or just stopping by someone’s desk to chat about something related to work or non-work related to build an interpersonal connection with that person that can smooth working relationships. This is something that is harder to mitigate. The company could pay for them to attend important business meetings, social events, and training sessions, as well as the occasional day spent in the office for no other reason than to have meetings with various staff members to get to know them better as well as talk about work. They could also talk about work issues or just to informally chat via voice or video systems on both the office worker and remote workers computer, such as Skype for Business or via texting using apps like Line or WhatsApp. Or if nothing else, a good old-fashioned phone call. It is also important for management to make sure the remote worker is engaged in the business and social life of the company and make sure they get the same orientation and training that in-office staff get, as well as have regular check-ins calls with them. Management could also create virtual teams to work on projects and rotate the membership of the teams the remote worker is part of to allow them to get to know other staff members better. By both parties making the effort to improve engagement and productivity via the methods above, a remote worker can be a valuable asset to a company and an enjoyable and rewarding experience for the remote worker.