- Present helpful info. To get approval to telework, show your boss what's in
it for the company and how you'll meet each job requirement.
- Set the ground rules. Establish up front with your boss what work you'll do
at home and how you'll stay in contact.
- Create an efficient workspace. Make sure you have a comfortable work area
and all the necessary tools – the right computer, software, Internet connection, phone lines, etc.
- Start small. Try telecommuting one day a week to see if it works for you and
- Keep regular work hours. You're on official duty. Make your time at home a
seamless extension of your time at the office.
- Be self-disciplined, motivated and organized. After all, no one is watching
you anymore. Keep your work organized and be sure to bring it back to the job.
- Be accessible by phone and PC. Your co-workers will appreciate that you're
available when they need you.
- Minimize interruptions. Don't combine teleworking with taking care of family
members. It's distracting, unproductive and will appear unprofessional during phone calls.
- Come in when needed. Be flexible enough to go to the office if you
- Plan ahead. Decide what work to bring home the day before. Some tasks
are better for teleworking than others.