Companies of all sizes are embracing remote work because employees are looking for flexibility. While some executives are worried that a remote work option could hinder productivity, studies and experiences show that when companies maintain an effective policy for remote working that it actually improves key performance metrics and employee morale.

But there are a lot of questions about remote working arrangements, ranging from how it compares with flextime to which companies operate a fully distributed workforce. There are many advantages to offering remote work options, from the reduction of the commute (the most important benefit of telecommuting, according to an 2020 FlexJobs survey) to more engagement and retention providing employees with the flexibility they seek.

Flexible work arrangements are when an employee or team does not report to an office for at all times. This can be working from home for a few days per week or working remotely. It also includes working from a satellite location, such as a coworking or cafe, and even a traveling workforce.

Whatever your company’s policy decides to define flexible work it is crucial that leaders and managers this provide regular feedback about performance and communication. It’s also an ideal idea to organize regular standups and meetings via virtual means to encourage collaboration, innovation and communication. Don’t forget to praise your remote teams whenever they deserve it. If your employees feel unappreciated or uninspired, their performance will suffer.