What's your action plan for telecommuting?
Today was my first day back in the office after — cue the dramatic music — the Blizzard of 2010. I spent eight days without going anywhere. The only driving I did was to back the car up so I could clear more snow out of the driveway. But I still worked every day
, and I was productive, too. Over the last two years, I’ve worked sporadically from home and I’ve liked the flexibility, even though I've never thought of myself as the telecommuting type. I like being in the office.
After eight days at home, I’ve decided that I want to become a more regular telecommuter, but I’ve learned a few things that I need to do to make that a reality.
1. I need a dedicated space at home. For eight days, I was sprawled in the dining room. Not a good long-term solution.
2. I need a better system for checking voice mail at the office. We are not on a voice-over-IP system, so I can’t set up the office phone to e-mail me when I get voice mail. A simple solution might be to set up Outlook alerts to remind me to phone in for messages.
3. Get a hardwired phone for whatever spot becomes my office. I need a phone I can cradle against my shoulder and neck and a cordless phone is too dainty.
4. Set up the wireless printer, something I’ve been meaning to do for a year.
5. Explore greater use of Skype for video calls with co-workers. I’ll admit, sometimes my mind wanders on conference calls, but if I’m looking someone in the eye, it’ll be harder to click over to my e-mail or dash off a quick instant message.
So those are my five action items before the next blizzard.
I know a lot of you were either stuck working from home or are already dedicated teleworkers. So what the five things you recommend before the next blizzard hits?
Posted by Nick Wakeman on Feb 16, 2010 at 9:43 AM