Two years ago, Candace Ragsdale’s job changed in a way that seemed almost too good to be true.
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Tips for telecommuting
- Select jobs for teleworking. Teleworking is best suited to jobs that are information-based, predictable, portable, or that demand a high degree of privacy and concentration. The key is to designate jobs with at least part of the work that can be done as well, or even better, away from the office. Identify such jobs up front so employees don’t have to guess which jobs are eligible.
- Manage based on performance and results. Set productivity objectives and measure achievement against them, trusting employees to manage their own time.
- Articulate teleworking policy. This written policy should outline the company’s positions on eligibility, performance measurements, equipment provision, technical support, ownership of physical and intellectual property, and requirements for in-office appearances.
- Train and educate. Managers should be trained in the best ways of managing virtual workers. And employees need to learn to work differently and adjust to a more independent environment.
Source: WorldatWork, a nonprofit human resources association