Thursday, December 6, 2012

Telework: pros and cons

Working from home could be a solution to childcare issues, rising gas prices that make the commute a ridiculous expense; or even if you’re a world traveler that would rather open your laptop in any country in the world every three months and still work for the same company for five years. Well, that last example might be a bit of an overstatement, but you get the picture, right?
However, telework does not suit every worker. Let’s explore several aspects of the work life and you can decide if it’s the right fit.

A loner or the life of the office
While many people enjoy the company of colleagues, lunch breaks and talks by the water cooler, some people dread the Christmas parties and all work related events. You either spend time thinking what you get for your coworker for a Secret Santa, or you just pick up the first thing you see at the dollar store. It’s not about being a good or a bad guy; it’s more about the fact that while some of us enjoy and thrive in the company of others, some of us enjoy the quiet and rather work that way. Which one are you?

Supervision needed
Well, with this one is a matter of taking a deep look into yourself and admitting whether you need constant supervision to fulfill your tasks or not. If you are the kind that will procrastinate with no end and will get very little done throughout the day, this may not work for you.
If you, on the other hand, are able to ninja-like concentrate and sort out distractions and the temptation to update your Facebook status or NOT look at that video on YouTube that someone told you about. If you are able to escape the downward spiral of internet distraction, then you will do just fine.

Home Daycare Center
This may not apply to all of you, but if you have children and expect this to be the answer to all of your babysitting/daycare troubles, think again.
Ok, It might work, I-m not saying that it won’t. You just have to analyze how much attention each task needs. Does your job allow you to stop mid-task to tend to a crying 3 year-old? It’s a matter of discipline and organization. You can do it, no doubt, I just want you to see the potential obstacles before you dive into the home-office.

Work space
Speaking of home-office, do you have a work space? The kitchen table does not count. If you can see leftovers from last night’s dinner, it’s not a good work space. Can you see the TV? Is the remote within hand-reach? If it is, move away!
You need a place you can walk in and out of to make it seem like a regular day at the office. You need to work there and get in working-mode, a place that will remind you of your responsibilities.
Oh the same subject, are you office dependant? Do you need in-house tech support? A secretary to take your calls and make appointments? If that’s the case, maybe working from home is not the best choice.

How to work from home
  • ·         You need to figure out if your company already has a policy for that. If other people are doing it, just research on those cases. Or even if they don’t have, do your homework and help them develop a telecommute program.
  • ·         Prove to your boss that you can be as productive or even more productive than in the office. Develop certain metrics to track your work (if you don’t already have them).

·         Begin slowly. Maybe a couple of days a week before jumping full on into your home space.

You can work from home even if you don’t work full time for a big company. Check out our listings for telecommuting jobs at iNetGiant

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