All this month, I’ve been posting about challenges team leaders are running into when it comes to keeping their virtual teams productive. The fifth and final challenge I’m going to discuss is the lack of promotions and feedback that many teams are currently experiencing.

Feedback is vital for employees. If given appropriately, it benefits both the employee and the company. Likewise, when that feedback leads to a promotion, team members can be further incentivised to work harder and better.

But one Stanford University study found that those who work at home are promoted at half the rate of colleagues who work in an office. Reasons given include simply “out of sight, out of mind.”

An article from the Society for Human Resource Management urges leaders to not overlook your wealth of talent working remotely, and to ensure they stay on — in a time where it’s increasingly attractive to throw in the towel — by providing regular feedback and opportunities to progress in the company.

How are you helping your team members grow while working remotely? Help your team members build leadership skills, check out this blog.

For more tips on how to virtually communicate well, read here.