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Did you know … 3.1 million Americans work from home at least one day a week?
Wow, that’s a huge number, and one that certainly will continue to increase over time. Because as technology improves, so will our ability to telecommute, as this month’s Advantages feature story “So Far And Yet So Close” details. Interested in learning how ad specialty members keep remote employees engaged and energized? Then you can’t afford to miss this story! And in the meantime, here are 4 tips on keeping both sides happy:
- BE A TEAM PLAYER: Telecommuters need to continue to act as members of the team. A manager may opt to call a staff meeting, and those employees need to be there in person.
- THEY DON’T OWN YOU: Gil Gordon, owner of Gil Gordon Associates, a telecommuting consulting firm, cautions that remote employees shouldn’t feel pressure to be 100% accessible all the time. “Even when people are in an office, they’re not always at their desk. They are allowed to go to lunch, or the bathroom,” he notes.
- FIRST RESPONDERS: How you deal with phone, e-mail and text messages is also important.“Just because an employee can instantly respond doesn’t mean he or she has to,” says Gordon. If an employee has built up a reputation or expectation that he’s always available, he needs to let his coworkers know that he won’t be available if he’s working on a task that requires few interruptions. “Change your voicemail message or auto response to notify colleagues that you will be offline for a period of time,” he says.
- BE A PRO: Maintaining professionalism while working at home is very important. For example, if you’re having a moment playing with your toddler, that is not the time to take a phone call. “If taking a phone call will jeopardize your professionalism,” he advises, “don’t take that call.”