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Tips for Teleworkers

Tips for Teleworkers:

Working independently in a remote location can be very different than working a company office routine. To help with the adjustment, here are some tips to assure you get the most rewarding teleworker experience:

  • Plan ahead to make sure you have the right materials to do the work
  • Keep a normal routine: a national study conducted by Careerbuilder shows that 30% of teleworkers tend to work in pajamas (41% females; 22% males) However, you are likely to work better if you treat your mornings as if you were going to the office.
  • Take breaks and lunch- It is important for your health and well being to take breaks, get up and move around just as you would in the office.  Plan short breaks throughout your day to take care of chores, exercise, run a quick errand.  Workers are less likely to quit work early if they structure the perks of being at home appropriately with their schedules.
  • Be available and accessible when needed
  • Set up an “office” / workspace used only for work & Limit distractions including friends, family, solicitors, workmen, etc…

Most offices have their fair share of productivity roadblocks; home is hardly disturbance – free.  Teleworkers cited the following as their biggest distractions:  Take note of these and plan accordingly for your own home office set up and schedule!

          • Household Chores 31%
          • TV 26%
          • Pets 23%
          • Errands 19%
          • Internet 18%
          • Children 15%
  • Be professional– as if you were in the office
  • Communicate! Often and appropriately – it is crucial to stay connected, it’s easier to slack off when you know your colleagues or managers aren’t watching.  To stay motivated at home, schedule an update meeting or call and talk business with an office peer to stay focused on work.
  • Focus on goals and objectives
  • Maintain a positive outlook, if you’re accustomed to working around others and prefer it, working at home can be lonely.  If the job allows it, try spending an afternoon in a coffee shop or library.  Often you will find other contract or teleworkers there as well.

 

Ergonomic Tips

Your desk, chair and other accessories should be of a comparable or equal quality to that in the office.

  • Chairs:Rather than bringing any old relic down from the attic, invest in a chair that offers comfort and adjustability, even if it costs a few more dollars or work with your employer to see if they offer a stipend program or a discount arrangement with a local supplier.
  • Desk:A stable desk will provide a better work surface and more of that “office” feeling than a temporary solution like a card table, kitchen table, desk or bar. – which, by the way, is a big no- no and could have disastrous effects on your health and productivity.  To be ergonomically correct, the desk should be appropriate height and sturdy enough to handle the weight of any peripheral equipment that you may place on it (ex. Computers, printers, fax machines, scanners, etc…)
  • Makes sure your workstation is properly adjusted: they keyboard needs to be at the right height so that your wrists are in a neutral position and not strained.
  • Lighting:make sure you lighting is properly arranged, there should be no reflections or glare from the computer monitor.

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