While some of your employees may bemoan working on a remote team, you may find that other employees revel in the resulting freedom. In fact, a recent article from Business News Daily cites research showing employee freedom creates more loyal, committed and engaged employees.

However, some managers find it difficult giving their employees freedom, which can result in micromanagement in the form of constant emails, continual Slack messaging, pointless meetings and other distractions. They may even point to problems with employee freedom (missed deadlines or reduced capacity) as justification for their actions.

What your managers need to understand is, those problems don’t apply to every employee, and reacting as such can be harmful. It’s worth teaching managers different management styles for different employees, based on the amount of freedom you can give them.

Differing management styles is something I cover in my Amazon best selling book, ENGAGE: A Practical Guide to Understanding, Influencing and Connecting with People. I’m giving away a free copy this month for those who sign up to my newsletter, check it out here. If you would like a free assessment of skills against the ENGAGE model, click here.

If you would like tips on leading your virtual team, read here.