As we move forward into 2015, there are changes in the air. A new way of doing our jobs and an economical way of running the government. Teleworking is a new and exciting challenge that we are embracing and loving it!
Although teleworking isn’t for everyone, those who take on the challenge are pretty content with their choice.
If your agency is offering this opportunity, here are a few simple tips to make your experience a complete success
Be sure that you are able to work without supervision. Being self-disciplined will help you to succeed as a teleworker. If you are one that enjoys the company of fellow employees, you may want to consider other options.
KEEP LINES OF COMMUNICATION OPEN
Talk with your supervisor daily. Keep him or her updated on your daily activities. Staying in the loop allows your supervisor little or no doubt that you can handle your responsibilities at home.
YOU CAN STILL ADVANCE IN YOUR CAREER
Understand that just because you are not in the office, does not mean that you do not have the same opportunities. You can still be heard miles away. Apply for positions that interest you. The door is open for you as well.
It is most important that you get up and stretch to prevent sore and tired muscles. You can use a band and exercise at your desk, walk around your desk, as long as you don’t get tangled in your head sets, and find an exercise routine for your lunch breaks.
VISIT THE OFFICE
Going to the office once a week is strongly advised. It allows you to catch up on what is new and an opportunity to visit with your supervisor for any updates.
Teleworking sure isn’t for everyone, but those who choose that path, are very satisfied. Pilot programs and surveys have shown that performance and attendance improves tremendously. So give it a try and unleash the teleworker in you! And while you’re at it, enjoy the extra money you save from gas.
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Some good points with obne exception: Just because you are teleworking does not mean that you are not being supervised.
You are totally correct Neal and in fact, you are probably watched closer and my apologies for not addressing that