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

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90. Make Your Phone Calls Chase or Wait for You

In your quest to stay well connected while telecommuting, you're likely to find numerous ways to get information to and from people with great efficiency. Also, you're likely to find that you feel bombarded by the influx of voice messages, calls, faxes, and e-mail messages. In reality, however, the volume of calls and demand for your attention is probably no greater than what you'd experience working in a traditional office. Only the nature of some interruptions differ in that people usually can't just “drop in” on you. (Beware, however, if your employer launches a videoconferencing system and you keep your system turned on constantly. Based on my experience, people will begin “dropping by” virtually. ...

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