Telecommuting: Keeping Remote Workers Accountable and Action-Oriented


Telecommuting saves time and money while reducing overhead, scheduling conflicts, time-off requests and sick days. Dell, Apple, Amazon and American Express are a few of the recognizable and wildly successful companies on Forbes list of the top 100 companies that have embraced telecommuting.

Just like limiting social media and personal phone calls in a physical office environment, there are many ways you can help employees stay focused on the task at hand and empower them to work harder and smarter from the comfort of their kitchen table. Here are some tips for keeping telecommuters happy while keeping tabs on their progress from anywhere in the world.

GPS Tracking for Increased Productivity

While some controversy has surrounded GPS tracking of off-site employees, many businesses with satisfied employees use it to their advantage. A company's success relies on personal accountability to complete projects and grow the business. The larger the workforce, the more crucial this aspect of corporate culture becomes.

So how do you get employees to take personal responsibility for the tasks at hand? It begins by hiring people who take pride in themselves, have a positive attitude and identify with the company’s mission.

The second way is to enforce accountability. As Psychology Today points out, from an early age we are trained to expect external push to our internal motivation from parents, teachers, coaches and community leaders. It’s the same reason we hire a personal trainer or sign up for the 30-day yoga challenge. It’s commitment paired with accountability that keeps our internal motivation from disappearing entirely.

Hubstaff is a great GPS tracking app that goes above and beyond most apps, offering automatic reporting and productivity monitoring software.

Keeping Business Costs Simple and Safe

People are excited about the new technology behind Samsung Pay. Near Field Communication (NFC) payments are nothing new, but they are notorious for causing more headache than they are worth. The difficulty lies in the fact that you’re subject to the technology of whatever credit card reader you’re trying to use. Some just aren’t compatible or allow only purchases under a certain dollar amount.

The advantage of Samsung Pay is that in addition to its NFC capabilities, it has a backup plan. If the old-school credit card reader doesn’t work with NFC, your Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge will automatically switch to using the same technology that your credit or debit card works on, which is called MST or magnetic-secured transmission. So no matter where you send your employees, they no longer have to worry about bringing or, heaven forbid, losing their corporate credit card.

Staying on Top of Projects the Smart Way

One of the best ways to keep a remote team on track is to empower them to base their success on keeping each other accountable and focusing on getting the job done, not just punching the time clock or trying to look busy. That’s the idea behind productivity apps like iDoneThis.

Not only does iDoneThis keep everyone accountable for what they contributed to the project on a regular basis, it also allows all team members to track each other's progress and anticipate each other's needs. When the whole team knows what everyone else is doing at a glance, everyone works better together and can revel in a completed project that everyone contributed to.


Boris Dzhingarov is a freelance branding & marketing consultant, advising companies and businesses on all aspects of internet marketing, SEO, web design, graphic design, and PPC (pay Per Click). He is the founder of , , , and

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