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101 Tips for Telecommuters—Successfully Manage Your Work, Team, Technology and Family by Debra A. Dinnocenzo

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4. Suggest a telecommuting pilot

If your boss or others are not ready to “take the plunge” and approve your permanent transition to telecommuting, propose a telecommuting pilot to gather more information, uncover unexpected problems, and identify additional ways to enhance productivity. For example, you might suggest that you telecommute one day each week for two months. Be sure, however, to have the pilot details clearly documented, as well as an agreement on the criteria for evaluating success of the pilot. Your pilot proposal should include any projected costs (e.g., phone line installation or phone expenses for use of your home phone line, purchase or loan of a notebook computer, etc.).

Bear in mind that any pilot program, while measures ...

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