Tips to be a more productive teleworker

As the Base Realignment and Closure plan progresses, more than one in five federal employees plan to increase the amount of time they spend teleworking, reports Federal News Radio.

To stay connected, "establish roles and schedules with your teammates, whether they are contractors, supervisors or staff,” writes Howard Owen, business editor of the Fredericksburg (Va.) Free Lance-Star, in his latest blog entry  titled “When Home is Your Office.”

He also suggests using the phone frequently, staying on an instant messaging client through the day, and making sure some conversations are not about work.

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Reader comments

Tue, May 24, 2011

I've found it very helpful to know which restaurant chains have friendly and free wireless. In the DC Metro area, it's Panera and Starbucks. The Maryland libraries generally have a quiet room set aside with solid wireless access. No time limit.

Fri, May 20, 2011 Ron

I've found that you really need to establish an area in your home, preferably a room, where you can close off the distractions. And, I have a 2nd phone line in my office, separate from the house phone. In addition, you'll find you'll be putting in more hours when you're teleworking. All in all, it beats the commute!

Tue, May 17, 2011 Katy Ohio

These are really good tips! I used most of them in a telework pilot a few years ago. I hope I get to use them again soon, and I will also try the new ones listed. Telework CAN be successful for all if well planned.

Mon, May 16, 2011

with the distractors at my home, telework is NOT an option!

Mon, May 16, 2011

If you are a contractor, don't have a live beside work. 24/7/52 is how all contractors were meant to work.

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