It takes some extra effort to make sure remote workers are functioning as a cohesive team, writes Walter Chen, co-founder of iDoneThis. Some companies build team unity by leaving a webcam on all day to connect employees or by creating an environment of extreme transparency that helps workers to understand one another. "When you're co-located with your team you gain an incredible wealth of contextual information about your teammates just by being around them," he writes. "While those details may seem superfluous or trivial, that richness of context breeds trust."

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