5 Tips for Coaching Remote Employees

Interview: Carol Barkes


Carol Barkes is a conflict resolution expert, mediator, national speaker, educator and bestselling author who uniquely applies neuroscience to the fields of conflict resolution and negotiations. Her expert perspective is always fresh and relevant.


Some Talking Points from Carol Barkes
on Tips for Coaching Remote Employees


  1. Know that distractions take up huge amounts of your employee’s day. Refrain from scheduling endless meetings to satisfy your desire to make sure they are working. If you must schedule meetings, try to make sure you leave your team room to actually think and produce.

  1. When possible, allow your team to set their schedules based on their sleep cycles and family realities.


  1. Don’t make every person attend meetings that don’t matter to them. Also, don’t use a group meeting to get individual updates from each team member. This is painful to the other team members who are waiting for their turn and is highly unproductive.


  1. Know that some people work better from home and some people work better away from home. Figure out which category your team members fall into, and consider setting up different processes for each group.

5.  Set measurable goals and timelines for projects. Be happy about the results and not as concerned about the time it takes to reach those results if they occur within the timeline set.  Also, consider adding some additional time to the anticipated time you think a project will take to account for distractions. 

Available for Interviews: Carol Barkes

Carol Barkes, CPM, is a trend-setting mediator, business executive and educator specializing in the use of neuroscience to improve business performance, interpersonal communications, negotiation and conflict resolution processes for optimally successful results. She is also a speaker, educator, and author of the bestselling book: Success Breakthroughs: Leading Entrepreneurs and Professionals Reveal Their Secrets for Breaking Through to Success.

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PR Managing Editor
Success In Media, Inc.

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