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How to Thrive in a Role as Telecommuter

August 30, 2016

It comes as no surprise that telecommuting is a growing employment trend in the technology industry. Advancements in technology are making it easier for these workers to connect to their jobs from other locations. This type of role allows professionals to work remotely and not have to travel to an office during the week. The benefits of being a telecommuter may seem evident; however, once in this type of role, how can you be sure that you are working efficiently? Not working near co-workers presents its own challenges, but modern software allows for an easier adjustment to working remotely.

Today’s Telecommuter

We previously assumed that the word “Telecommuter” referred to certain demographics, such as mothers tending to seek more flexible work schedules or young adults who want the luxury of traveling the globe while working remotely. But, now the same word is no longer limited to specific individuals. While most people have the potential to work as a telecommuter, it really depends on the role itself and whether or not those responsibilities can be completed outside of the workplace.

For example, an office manager’s duties are meant to be done in the office as they greet visitors, answer phone calls, coordinate appointments and schedules, etc., but business operations or technology professionals are able to complete their tasks almost anywhere with access to the internet.

Forbes has also comprised a list of the top 100 companies to offer remote jobs. Click here to read more about these companies and what they have to offer!

Overcoming Common Telecommuter Struggles

If you have ever fantasized about being in a telecommuting role, then you have most likely only imagined the benefits of working from home: setting your alarm for a later time, no more getting stuck in rush-hour traffic, less spending on eating out, working in the comfort of your own home, etc. However, while it sounds great to have this flexibility, there are trade-offs to working in a telecommuting role.

Many telecommuters find it more difficult to maintain their connections with colleagues as communications can no longer be done in person. In their article, The New York Times did some research and offers suggestions to this common struggle. It’s mentioned that some telecommuters utilize virtual connection technologies to make up for the absence of their physical presence, such as Google Hangout, Skype, and Voxer. These programs allow telecommuters to communicate with co-workers in the office through instant messaging, video chat, and walkie-talkie style.

It’s also mentioned that telecommuters can still work in the office one or two days a week, which definitely helps to ease to break down the communication barrier.

What practices have you found to be helpful when telecommuting?

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Posted By: Jaclyn Roman


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