Telecommuting is GREAT if your employer allows it and if you do it properly. In fact some studies show that you get MORE done when you save an hour on the train to work and an hour on the train from work, skip the obligatory “lunches” and just work in the quietness of your home office.
Team Viewer, specializing in remote access solutions offers these five neat tips.
1. Ease Into It
Requesting to telecommute may cause your manager to be concerned about your productivity. Suggest telecommuting starting at one day per week, and then finish off several projects on day one to show how focused you are. Once you’ve proven that you are more productive working from home than you are in the office, your manager will be much more likely to agree to it in the future.
2. Consider Company Benefits
When back in the office, remind your manager how working from home benefitted the company. For example, telecommuting allowed you to avoid morning traffic and start your day earlier than usual. This leads to greater productivity and more deadlines met.
3. Constant Communication is Essential
Always stay in constant contact with the office. Though you are working from home, your co-workers should never feel as if you are far away. Consider having your office phone calls forwarded to your home number – but make sure that you have an appropriate voicemail message. Set up reliable remote software like TeamViewer so that you can easily interact with your work computer from home. Nothing will sour your colleagues to your new work schedule faster than having to do extra work because you’re not there.
4. Stay On Top of Your Work
Though this is apparent, do not fall behind on deadlines. The last thing you want is your manager attributing a lack of productivity to your flexible schedule.
5. Have a “Second-in-Command”
As in any workplace, urgent matters will always arise. Telecommuting may lead to situations where you are unavailable during certain hours. Make sure to designate someone who will take over your role during times you are unavailable. This person should be able to momentarily handle your responsibility until you return.