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101 Tips For Telecommuters : BERRETT-KOEHLER - DEBRA A. DINNOCENZO

101 Tips For Telecommuters


Paperback Published: 1st September 1999
ISBN: 9781576750698
Number Of Pages: 272

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Speaking to full-time, occasional and aspiring telecommuters, seasoned telecommuter Debra Dinnocenzo offers practical, easy-to-implement "action tips" for making telecommuting as efficient and productive as possible. She covers everything from managing one's own time, balancing telecommuting with family demands, and working effectively with others from afar, to networking the "virtual" way, getting a grip on technological overkill and even resisting the ever-beckoning refrigerator when working at home! There is advice on self-management, keeping in touch with people, and nurturing crucial ties with suppliers, vendors and service providers.

Forewordp. xi
Special Forewordp. xiii
Prefacep. xv
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
How to Use This Bookp. 1
Where to Beginp. 4
Assess Yourself for Telecommuting Successp. 6
Telecommuter Self-Assessment Checklistp. 7
Working Well in Your Home Officep. 11
Focus Your Lifep. 13
Focus Your Workp. 15
Focus Your Dayp. 17
Avoid Time Wastersp. 19
Maintain a Healthy Balance (Manage the Workaholic Within)p. 20
Stay Motivated (Manage the Slouch Within)p. 22
Get and Keep Your Office Organizedp. 24
Get and Keep Your Day Organizedp. 25
Keep the "Administrivia" Under Controlp. 27
Manage the Maddening Mounds of Mailp. 29
Determine the Best Location for Your Home Officep. 30
Draw a Clear Line Between Your Work and Living Spacep. 33
Determine the Best Address for Your Home Officep. 35
Design Your Office for Efficiencyp. 36
Design Your Office for Good Healthp. 38
Be Your Own OSHA Inspectorp. 39
Dress for Success (According to the New Rules)p. 41
Make a Habit of Avoiding Bad Habitsp. 43
Reject the Refrigerator that Beckons Youp. 44
Work During Your Peak Energy Timesp. 46
Making "The Rounds" for Efficient "Erranding"p. 48
Stay Fit and Healthyp. 50
Take Breaks to Relax, Re-energize, or Recoverp. 51
Multi-Task to Maximize Your Productivityp. 53
Avoid the (Real or Perceived) Isolation Trapp. 55
Track Expenses and Expendituresp. 57
Simplify and Improve Continuouslyp. 59
Reward Yourself and Celebrate Successesp. 61
Take Responsibility for Developing New Skills and Managing Your Careerp. 62
Working Well with Your Familyp. 65
Negotiate Expectations and Agreementsp. 67
Get Your Family on Your Teamp. 69
Manage and Minimize Distractionsp. 71
Establish Clear Interruption Rulesp. 72
Take Care of Childcarep. 74
If You Mix Childcare and Work (God Help You!)p. 76
"Take Your Children to Work" Guidelinesp. 77
The Shift to Home-Based Work with Older Childrenp. 79
Meeting the Challenge of Eldercare or Family Carep. 81
Minimize Household and Family Stressp. 83
Working With and Around Your "4-Legged Children"p. 85
Resolve Disagreements Promptlyp. 86
Accept the Guilt--and Move Onp. 88
Answering Phones: Decide Who and Howp. 90
Get the Respect You Deserve (How to be sure you and your work are taken seriously)p. 92
The Happy Marriage Partnership Guide to Office Sharingp. 94
Schedule Periodic "How Goes It" Meetingsp. 96
Working Well with Your Teamp. 99
Establish a Rock-Solid Foundation of Trustp. 101
Keep Your Boss Informedp. 103
Know and Nurture Your Teamp. 104
Stay in Touch with Co-Workersp. 106
Be (Creatively) Accessible by Telephonep. 108
Don't Ignore Those Who Resent Youp. 109
Network to Stay Visible and Informedp. 111
Stay on Track for Promotions (and Other Good Deals)p. 113
Know When to Ask for Helpp. 114
Master Effective (Virtual) Interaction Skillsp. 116
Technology Talk: Keys to Communicating Without Speakingp. 118
Determine the Need for "Live" Interactionsp. 120
"Distance Delegation" that Delivers Resultsp. 122
Manage the Performance Management Processp. 124
Reach Agreements that Foster Commitment and Collaborationp. 126
Resolve Conflicts Effectively and Proactivelyp. 128
Master the Fundamentals of Productive Virtual Meetingsp. 130
Make Everyone Skilled and Comfortable in Virtual Meetingsp. 132
Just Say "No"p. 134
Work Productively With Co-workers Who Share Your Home Officep. 136
Working Well with Your External Partnersp. 139
Know Who Provides Your Critical Services and Supportp. 141
Be Your Own Purchasing Managerp. 142
Select Service Providers that Meet Your Criteriap. 144
Set Service Expectations and Get Your Desired Resultsp. 146
Negotiate Deadlines and Detailsp. 148
Establish Consequences for Unsatisfactory Service Performancep. 150
Get It in Writingp. 151
Know When to Outsourcep. 154
Establish a Partner Mindset and Relationshipp. 156
Treat People As Peoplep. 158
Reward Good Workp. 160
Bartering for Best Resultsp. 162
Network Your Partner Networkp. 164
Follow-Up for Best Resultsp. 166
Get the Most Out of Business and Professional Associationsp. 168
Working Well with Tools and Technologyp. 171
Assess Your Real Needs and Choose the Best Technology for Youp. 173
Know Your Backup Options (Before a Crisis Occurs)p. 175
Be Prepared With the Basic Tools, Toop. 178
Get Wired--Electrify Your Telecommuting Experiencep. 182
Computer Choices and Conundrumsp. 184
Beyond the Computer: Essential Tools (and Toys) for the Well-Connected Telecommuterp. 186
Rarely Is a Phone Just a Phonep. 189
Make Your Phone Calls Chase or Wait for Youp. 192
Manage the Madness of Multiple Machines that Ring or Beep at Youp. 194
Skip the Massage--Get a Headsetp. 196
Which Chair to Buy (When You'd Really Rather Have a Recliner)p. 198
Learn to Love Voice Mail (and Other Impossibilities)p. 200
Videoconferencing: The Next Best Thing to Being There?p. 202
Meet the Challenge of Internet Connectionsp. 204
Have Technology, Will Travelp. 206
If Talking to Yourself Is Interesting, Try Faxing to Yourselfp. 208
Protect Your Equipment (and Your Livelihood)p. 210
So, Do you Really Need a Speakerphone in the Bathroom?p. 212
Make Telecommuting Work Well for Youp. 214
Telecommuting Implementation Guidep. 217
Appendicesp. 223
"Make a Case for Telecommuting" Guidep. 225
Addendum to Appendix Ap. 229
Telecommuting Resource Guidep. 234
Indexp. 239
About the Authorp. 251
How To Get (and Give) More Informationp. 252
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ISBN: 9781576750698
ISBN-10: 1576750698
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 1st September 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.1 x 15.2  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.38