There are many reasons that employees and employers want a work-from-home program. While there are many benefits (lower overhead, more time spent working, etc.), there are also immense challenges if some of your team members work remotely. In this post from Fear No Project, Bruce McGraw helps draw out some of the key elements to successfully managing team members that are not in the office. Not surprisingly, the number one element for successful long distance management is communication, in both availability as well as a shared virtual area for documents and common work. The post also explains how tasks need to be clear and independent. By empowering a remote workforce, you can have all of the benefits while mitigating a high majority of the risks.