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MY BIG GOAL - To Telework
February 22, 2010 at 9:40 pm #92837
My big Goal is to become a teleworker, even if I have to leave my agency (which will be hard because I love all my co-workers). I live in TN - Anyone have any ideas? I will gladly take all ideas.
First - I am updating my resume to highlight the times I have worked on my own, including when I owned my own business.
Second - I need to know what is out there that is available to someone who wants to telework, but not move.
Third - If I telework, I could actually take a little cut in pay. I am going to sit down and figure out exactly what I could make and telework compared to the pay I am receiving now, driving an hour each way.
I live in TN - Anyone have any ideas? I will gladly take all ideas.
February 22, 2010 at 9:48 pm #92853
February 22, 2010 at 9:54 pm #92851
Emi - you are terrific. I am going to look into the pros and cons of each of these, and see if they have something open now. I am not going to let a telecommunting stone go unturned. 🙂
February 23, 2010 at 3:14 am #92849
Goto OPM and review thier telework guide.
They will inform you of the only legal reasons for disapproval.
If your management doesn't cooperate, then write the union. The union can help you obtain your dreams.
February 23, 2010 at 4:42 pm #92847
Thank you I will look into this. I may have to move to a new agency for telework. I will use the union as a last option; two reasons 1. Because of my position, I am not represented by the union. I can talk to them, and they can guide me in the right direction, but they do not represent me. 2) Getting the union involved in something that only a few agree with is risky. This can come back and hurt everyone. I work with some real die hards, so at this point, there are only a few of us who believe in the "out of office" office. I have to pick my battles, and maybe moving to a new agency is not a bad idea. PLUS, if I do end up moving to a new agency I want good references from the people I work for now. Like my Dad used to say "Don't burn bridges over the canyons you need to cross again." So, I will talk to OPM and find out how other agencies were able to implement telework. And work it that way.
April 1, 2010 at 5:04 pm #92845
Some of the steps I am taking to my future as a telework employee -
I am making copies of all training, certificates, evaluations, etc of my entire career. Then I am making one big book of information. Why would I do this? When I am called in for an interview, I want to be able to show I am a self-starter and self-motivated. I want to make my case, as a telework employee, the managers do not need to worry about my work getting done.
I am finishing my Master's Degree. I have seen a number of positions which could be worked from home, but most require a Master's Degree. So, my goal will be to finish my degree within a year. Even if I don't need it to get a tele-work position, it certainly can't hurt.
April 2, 2010 at 11:13 am #92843
Terrence (Terry) Hill PHRParticipant
More than training, you need to demonstrate that you are able to accomplish more results when teleworking than in the office. Ask your supervisor to hold your own experiment. If he/she lets you telework one day a week, you will demonstrate to her/him that your productivity will increase measurably.
This means that you will have to start measuring your productivity, both in the office and at home. Provide feedback to your supervisor after each telework day to build his/her confidence in you. After a while, your supervisor will be asking you to telework more often.
April 2, 2010 at 5:41 pm #92841
Thank you for the information. I will do that when I find a new position. Where I work now, telework is not even an option. So, I have set out on a quest to find a position where I can telework. I am willing to accept a little less money, but the benefits must be as good as I have right now. So, we will see how it goes. 🙂
April 3, 2010 at 12:52 am #92839
Thank you! I am working on every angel right now. I will keep everyone updated on how I do, and if I succeed, maybe I can write a book one day! Which would be another telework job! 🙂
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