TeleworkPerhaps the best commute is the one you don't have to make. Teleworking, or working from home, is increasingly popular for employees and employers. About 30 million people in the United States are teleworkers, which means they work from home at least some of the time, usually one to three days a week. Employees enjoy the convenience and flexibility of telework, while employers can benefit from a more productive work force. Allowing teleworking also can help employers reduce overhead costs.
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Here are ways to help employers and employees establish successful, mutually beneficial teleworking situations:
- Establish expectations. Set ground rules at the beginning so employees understand their responsibilities and tasks to complete while teleworking.
- Create an efficient workspace. Encourage employees to create an appropriate work area with all the necessary tools, including a computer, software, Internet connection, phone lines, etc.
- Set regular work hours. Require that employees maintain normal work hours and be accessible via email and phone while teleworking.
- Start small. Try allowing employees to telecommute one day a week to see how it works.
- Make it official. Ask employees to sign a simple document outlining your company's expectations of employees while teleworking. Include guidelines such as minimizing distractions and interruptions and not taking care of family members during normal working hours.
- Be flexible. Ask that employees be flexible and willing to go into the office if needed. If an employee has to go into the office during a regularly scheduled teleworking day, consider allowing the employee to telework a different day that week instead.