In the past decade, more companies have begun offering telecommuting options to their employees.
The benefits of telecommuting are many. First it offers a great way for a business to deal with
disasters—creating a virtual disaster plan that allows them to continue fulfilling client expectations even
after a catastrophe. But telecommuting also improves employee retention and loyalty and can even
save an employer money.
Not everyone is suited for telecommuting, however. Even if you think you might enjoy it, you could find
that it’s more challenging than you expected if you aren’t prepared.
Have a Defined Workspace
One of the hardest parts of telecommuting is finding the right place to work in your own home. While
you might initially plan to work from your living room or bedroom, after a few hours you might become
uncomfortable or distracted. Spend some time working in different areas of your home until you find
the most comfortable place. Then, make sure that you make it work-ready by keeping children and pets
away from the area during your working hours.
Have Defined Work Times
When you bring your work home, it can be easy to skew your work-life balance. You may end up
working way more hours than you otherwise would and feel even more tired and stressed than you did
when you had to go into the office. Talk to your employer about his or her expectations for your daily
availability and use that information to create working hours that help you more clearly define your off
When working in an office, there are many ways you can take mini mind breaks throughout the day. You
might go grab a cup of coffee, go to lunch with coworkers, take a walk around the building, and so on. At
home you might be tempted to be more sedentary and solitary. It’s important to make sure that you
don’t spend your whole day in front of the computer, however. Take breaks just as you would at the
Clarify Productivity Expectations
It’s imperative that you know exactly what’s expected of you when you telecommute. Talk to your
supervisor about clearly laying out what they expect you to accomplish on a daily, weekly and monthly
basis. Try to get some measurable expectations so you can track your progress and keep yourself on