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Telecommuting - Making it Work
Nimish Thakkar, MS, MBA, CCMC, CPRW

While telecommuting options are a dream come true for many employees, the downsides of telecommuting often make it hard for even the most dedicated professional. We have outlined a few tips to enable you to enjoy the perks of telecommuting while minimizing the disadvantages.

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Donít forget you can still visit the office

If telecommuting is a full time benefit offered by your employer, you are in an enviable position but donít forget you can still visit the office a few times every week. Whether to submit a report or to attend a meeting, showing your face once in a while helps you refresh connections and allows you to be on the radar, especially for promotional considerations.

Host bonding events and in-person client meetings

Even if you canít visit office regularly, host bonding events for your companyís staff and clients. From grab-a-cookie meetings to mini workshops and networking events, the opportunities (and excuses) for bonding are endless. Regular people contact will keep you motivated and connected while still allowing you to reap the advantages of telecommuting.

Be your own PR machine

If you are telecommuting more than a few days a week, it is very easy to slip off the radar and go unnoticed even when you deliver significant results. On achieving every milestone, drop in an e-mail to key stakeholders and concerned senior management staff. If you are afraid of sounding egotistical, give your e-mails the tone of an update or a ďthank you for your guidanceĒ.

Create a work zone

Most telecommuters complain of being unable to resist the temptation of quickly responding to an e-mail at midnight or taking away family time during weekends to get an edge on important project. Donít forget why you opted for telecommuting in the first place. Create your own work zone where you can be undisturbed while working but donít hesitate to lock that area after regular office hours.

Take regular walks

Lunch hour is your time, so donít miss out on refreshing walks and short breaks.

Attend workshops, training sessions, and conferences

It is very easy to lose touch and miss out on professional development opportunities if you are working alone. Sometimes, the competitive spirit weakens if you donít see peers upgrading their skill sets. Set aside a professional development budget and calendar to keep your skills up to date.

While telecommuting options are a desirable benefit, it is important to manage your work from home opportunities wisely. Following the tips outlined in this article and a few others you can get the most out of your telework while still not missing out on the advantages of onsite work.




Nimish Thakkar is a certified career coach, outplacement consultant, and resume writer with ResumeCorner.com and SaiStrategies.com. Thakkar holds two graduate degrees, including an MBA. He has worked with thousands of clients and has authored over 100 articles.

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