The Magic of Telecommuting

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Ahhh, working from home; what’s not to like? You don’t have to get up as early, it’s generally a lot quieter, and more often than not you can still make all your meetings thanks to some digital or mobile device.

More and more employers are offering the option to work from home for at least part of the week. A recent survey from the Wrike corporation, showed that 83% of respondents worked remotely for at least part of the day. For anyone who’s ever had to make a journey into the office during bad weather or the holiday season (I’m looking at you, NYC) knows the value that comes with having that option to stay put and connect with your team virtually.

Some corporations are avid proponents of working from home, even instilling telecommuting policies so that the lines of being at home and working from home don’t get blurred.

Of course, there are those who feel telecommuting may actually be detrimental to one’s career.  A lack of what some researchers are calling “passive face time”, can result in being passed over for raises and promotions.

This isn’t a controversial topic per se, but it certainly is getting more time in the spotlight lately. If you work remotely, do you feel you have to be more accessible since you’re not physically in the office? What about if you’re a manager and some of your staff is not present in your brick-and-mortar location?

You know what to do, but just in case I’ll remind you: Sound off in the comments!

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