Thursday, May 22, 2008

The More Articles I Read About Telecommuting

The more I realize there isn't a whole lot more to say about it. It always boils down to communication, good teamwork, and vigorous technology use to support those first two things.

Seriously. It's that simple.

Okay, there are some nuances too, like having the kind of job where you don't have to set broken legs and whatnot, but overall, you pretty much show up in your home office and do the work.

This article from Baseline goes through the basics yet again. I do like this piece of advice: "4. Talk to each member of your staff at least every other day via phone. This is important: You will hear nuances from how they respond to you. These calls don’t have to be long, but you need to originate them and see what your peeps are up to."

I think this is true for those managing the remote worker, but some of the responsibility also falls on the remote worker. Shut-ins must be ever vigilant about their own visibility, and you have to make it hard to ignore you by being super-duper in touch with the people you need to be responsive.

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