All the comforts of home...
Pajamas and bunny slippers, while frowned upon as business attire, are perfectly acceptable to wear when working from home! Teleworking helps save space on our roads by taking trips off the road, can increase employee performance and job satisfaction. Teleworking can also expand a company's opportunities for recruiting and retaining employees, and improve their bottom line.
CONSIDERATIONS WHEN TELEWORKING
Teleworking will change how you communicate with management, co-workers, and clients. Some considerations are:
- Time management: Will you be distracted at home? Remember, teleworking should not be an alternative to childcare.
- Communication with co-workers and customers: How can you be reached? Will you have phone calls transferred to your home line or will you check your business phone periodically throughout the day? Clients and co-workers should understand and feel comfortable about contacting you.
- Home office set-up: Do you have available space? Will your employer provide a computer?
- Social contact with co-workers: If you are a full-time teleworker, what might you miss by not being in the office on a regular basis? Consider using free or low-cost technology to video conference during staff meetings.
- Workflow and project reporting: How will you report your productivity to management?
I AM INTERESTED IN TELEWORKING, HOW CAN I TALK TO MY EMPLOYER?
When discussing telecommuting with management, here are a few tips:
- Establish teleworking as a critical business issue. One company in Tennessee closed its facilities for 5 days due to bad weather conditions. The teleworking champion took that opportunity to document the rather high 6 figure financial impact of the closings and demonstrated how teleworking could help save money moving forward. In other words, teleworking is great for employees, but it’s also great for business.
- Form partnerships with other areas of the organization to create a multi-dimensional team approach to teleworking. This way teleworking won't be viewed as another program, it will be viewed as a cross-organization business objective (courtesy of TelCoa).
- Identify which positions are good candidates for teleworking. Not all jobs or people are well-suited to teleworking. Selecting positions that already require independence and self-management will help ensure the telework program is successful.
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This web site is a complete resource tool with sample policies, agreements, forms, checklists and links to other resources.
Commuter Challenge has compiled case studies of Washington businesses implementing teleworking programs.
The Telework Coalition (TelCoa)
America’s leading nonprofit telework education and advocacy organization, based in Washington DC, was established in 2002 by a group of professionals with experience in addressing the benefits, adoption, and implementation of telework and telecommuting programs.
Is a large group of forward-thinking influencers and decision makers who believe that the traditional office model is no longer ideal in today's business landscape. Their mission is to promote working from anywhere, at anytime, by building advocacy through professional teleworking.
Working from home or a satellite location, often called teleworking or telecommuting, is growing as employees and employers recognize its benefits.