1) Mute button on teleconferences
While background sounds in the office can be OK, some home office sounds are not. My office dog announcing the arrival of the UPS truck is not.
2) Pool your information resources.
Yes, you can watch The View, or NFL RedZone while teleworking, but Why? CNN, or CSPAN can often augment your information sources while you are working on that Security Report.
3) Listen to your dog.
Reading a boss-slamming email to your office mate (BEFORE you send it) is just as important on Telework, as it is in the office. While your co-workers may say it’s OK, they also may just want to to screw up so they can get your window cubicle. One look from Wayman Wynn, my obstinate Catahoula, will often convince me to chuck the ranting email, and get back to work. He knows where his dog biscuits come from.
4) Move around while on the phone
Most teleconferences could use a good dose of back yard, to help keep them in perspective. Just watch where you step.
5) Stay on task
I have been teleworking in various environments, for about 15 years, and if you use the extra travel time you save, and the comfort and quiet of your AWS (Alternate Work Site), to dig in to the task, you will find that the work goes fast, and you can get tons done. (and in the process, earn the thanks and respect of a grateful nation for your tireless service)
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