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

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41. Working With and Around Your “4-Legged Children”

With or without children, if you have a pet in the house, you have some unique parent-like considerations to address when you telecommute. Unlike older children with whom you can negotiate, reason or bribe, pets are not always so cooperative. And while they won't scream like a baby, incessant barking or meowing while you're on the phone with colleagues or clients is not likely to enhance your image as a serious professional. Rather, it will reinforce misperceptions about telecommuting, distract you and your caller, and frustrate your pet if you continue to ignore those persistent pleas for attention.

Having a pet can have many positive benefits—companionship, exercise opportunities, etc. To ...

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