Unless you’ve discovered a time machine and went back to the 80’s, you know that tolling on I-66 started on December 4. There are many transit options for you to avoid the tolls, but if your employer offers teleworking benefits, you should take advantage of them. We have a great Telework Management Guide to help businesses start the telework process, but if you’re already set up—keep reading for some tips to telework successfully.
Get Dressed for Work
There is a perception that if you work from home, you do so with your sweatpants on while trying to teach your cat to play fetch. While that sounds like fun, being productive is all about the mindset. Put on your work clothes, separate yourself from distractions, and dive into your projects as you would do at the office.
Have a Designated Space
Always work from a desk. It’s definitely comfortable on the couch, but having a space that is solely set up for doing business will drive your productivity. Setting up shop in the kitchen or the living room will make it easier for you to get distracted.
When you work from home, you involuntarily make yourself accessible to family, roommates, neighbors, and your pets. Plan ahead of time: have a conversation with those in your household to establish boundaries and expectations during your work hours. A simple ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign just might do the trick.
Stay Connected and Be Visible
Many companies feel that if they can’t see you, then you’re not working. It’s important to remain connected and visible during your work’s office hours. Discuss with your employer or manager what online tools (Skype, Google Hangout) you’ll use to chat, and which project management tools (Asana, Basecamp, Slack) suits your team. Show your colleagues that you’re on top of all the details so that they can have peace of mind when you’re out of the office and that they can easily reach you.
Have a To-Do List
Just as you would in an office, start each day with a plan of action. Prepare a list of the projects you need to accomplish and hit the ground running when your day begins. This will ensure that you are keeping to your tasks and delivering for your team and colleagues.
Ready to Telework?
If you’re planning to telework to avoid the tolls on I-66, or if you’re an employer ready to introduce a formal telework policy, Arlington Transportation Partners can help you get started. Download our Telework Management Guide to help you understand what positions are most suitable for telework. Our guide also includes identified characteristics for successful teleworkers and managers.
Bonus: Each guide comes with two worksheets to make sure your company is ready by following the checklist. Download the guide or request a printed version.