The Career Journal, part of the Wall Street Journal site, published Working Productively as a Telecommuter. The article had some good but general tips, such as avoiding isolation and making an effort to reach out to work colleagues, but some of the suggestions were of dubious value. In particular the old school urging of “dressing appropriately”.
I work out of a home office 4 days a week. I started telecommuting several years ago starting with 2 or 3 days a week. Some days I start my days very early, often around 7:30 in the morning. And at that hour, I am not interested in putting on a suit or other work attire. In fact, I might be even in my sweats, yet to take a shower, and my productivity is not impacted one bit.
In the end if you are committed to what you do, you really don’t have to worry too much about “preparing yourself psychologically” as Garone advised, as most people can make the transition. The article would have been far more useful dealing with topics such how to keep cohesion with a distributed team and a survey of ways to keep in touch with your colleagues (IM, email, phone, twitter) and when to use each.
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