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.

Click here for more tips.

About the Author

Connect with the FCW staff on Twitter @FCWnow.

The Fed 100

Save the date for 28th annual Federal 100 Awards Gala.


  • Social network, census

    5 predictions for federal IT in 2017

    As the Trump team takes control, here's what the tech community can expect.

  • Rep. Gerald Connolly

    Connolly warns on workforce changes

    The ranking member of the House Oversight Committee's Government Operations panel warns that Congress will look to legislate changes to the federal workforce.

  • President Donald J. Trump delivers his inaugural address

    How will Trump lead on tech?

    The businessman turned reality star turned U.S. president clearly has mastered Twitter, but what will his administration mean for broader technology issues?

  • moving ahead

    The bid to establish a single login for accessing government services is moving again on the last full day of the Obama presidency.

  • Shutterstock image (by Jirsak): customer care, relationship management, and leadership concept.

    Obama wraps up security clearance reforms

    In a last-minute executive order, President Obama institutes structural reforms to the security clearance process designed to create a more unified system across government agencies.

  • Shutterstock image: breached lock.

    What cyber can learn from counterterrorism

    The U.S. has to look at its experience in developing post-9/11 counterterrorism policies to inform efforts to formalize cybersecurity policies, says a senior official.

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.

Please post your comments here. Comments are moderated, so they may not appear immediately after submitting. We will not post comments that we consider abusive or off-topic.

Please type the letters/numbers you see above

More from 1105 Public Sector Media Group