Virtual Teams – Management and Compliance Considerations



No longer a slave to geography, your talented team may be scattered to the four corners of the earth. This can pose unique problems in compliance, some you may not even be aware existed, that is until you learn the hard way what can go wrong.

Holding up meetings to feed the dog, leaving your laptop/data in the coffee shop, falling off the porch running to answer the phone, or even a delivery person falling off an employee’s porch. Classic management Gurus never considered people might one day be audio conferencing in their pajamas without the common sense to change before doing so. Or gambling… or worse, on their phone. This means the wisdom and advice like the kind you’ll find in traditional textbooks and from other revered leaders and compliance sources has to be adapted to our modern workplace, when you’re leading any type of remote workforce.

Management techniques just don’t always have an answer for the modern challenges you face leading a virtual team. These are unique concerns most of our parent’s workplaces never had to consider, e.g., terminating someone who works virtually, way out in the countryside with an angry boyfriend, lots of weapons, and a big, unhappy protection dog.

Additionally, wherever there are people, there are employee relations issues which can turn into compliance issues. There are enough misunderstandings in the regular work world, let alone the additional opportunities for miscommunication when coworkers rarely if ever, see one another, and never get a chance to forge personal connections. If you thought investigating employee relations complaints were difficult, try it when the employees live and work in different states… or countries.

We’ll cover what other employers have learned the hard way, paving the way for others. We’ll also discuss challenges that you may have never even given any thought. We’ll also look at emerging best practices and innovative solutions to work place compliance problems. Because when it comes to working remotely, the issues HR worries about may not be the issues that become real problems.

Areas to be Covered:

Creating and maintaining relationships, fostering teamwork and considerations for managing the virtual worker.
Documentation for virtual workers.
FLSA – Time keeping issues. So, so many of them… 2 major big ones.
ADA – Remote work as an accommodation. But what if it doesn’t work out?
Safety – Am I responsible for their falling while running up from the laundry room to answer their work phone?
Social media – We can’t control SM when employees are 2 feet in front of us and recent NLRB decisions make even that harder than ever.
Technology – Determining who owns what. Separating or not personal vs. professional work technologies.
Data, data, data… listening to the IT people!
Performing investigations with employees who work remotely.
Safety and compliance issues for remote and traveling employees.
If necessary, what to do when alternative work arrangements just are not working.
Tips on terminating a virtual employee.

Who will Benefit:

HR Generalists
HR Managers
Plant Managers
Management Teams
Small Business Owners
Employee Relations and Safety

Teri Morning

  • Teri Morning, MBA, MS, SHRM-SCP specializes in solving company “people problems.”
  • Teri is the founder and a principal partner in HindsightHR – employee investigation and incident case management software.
  • Teri also sources software solutions for compensation and performance management.
  • Twenty+ years human resource and training experience in a variety of fields, including retail, distribution, architectural, engineering, consulting, manufacturing (union), public sector and both profit and non-profit companies.
  • Teri has enjoyed consulting with employers on their problems and trained managers and employees for over 20 years, meeting and working with employees from all types of businesses.
  • In addition to a MBA, Teri has a Master’s degree in Human Resource Development with a specialization in Conflict Management.
  • Teri was certified by the State of Indiana in mediation skills, Teri is certified in Project Management and IT Management, qualified as a Myers-Briggs practitioner and holds the SHRM certification of a Senior Certified Professional.


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