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

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52. Be (Creatively) Accessible by Telephone

The demands of your job, pressures of your life, and distance between you and team members makes being accessible a triple challenge. But the sense that you are accessible, in spite of your telecommuting function, is vital to your success—especially if you are a team or project leader, supervisor, sales manager, account executive, or resident expert. No one doubts that live, real-time, face-to-face interactions generally are superior, but we don't live or work in an ideal world. So, you'll need to find creative ways to overcome barriers to your accessibility and to compensate for your physical absence.

The telephone is the primary tool you use for staying connected. While fax, e-mail, and videoconferencing ...

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