If you travel a great deal for your job, you may be the ideal candidate for telework. You’re probably already accustomed to doing your work remotely in hotel rooms, airport lounges, and conference centers. Working in a home office would be an almost effortless transition.
Then again, if you’re already away from the office a lot, you might need to put in at least a little face time, if only to remind everyone how hard you’re working. And you may have to go to your workplace to handle certain tasks, like updating your supervisor on the status of your various projects, or submitting your time records for the week. Only you can decide where the balance needs to be struck.
Review your job’s amenability to telework using the following list. If you can answer “yes” to all of the questions, you’re well positioned to make a smooth transition to telework. If some of your answers are “no,” consider whether it’s something you can change or whether teleworking part time would take care of the issue.
- Does your job involve desk-based work, like entering data on a computer, reviewing financial documents, or sketching architectural plans?
- Could you spend an entire day doing only desk-based work?
- Do you work independently on most of your assignments or, if you’re part of a team, work independently on your part of a project?
- Can you plan your work ahead of time, knowing in advance what the working day will bring?
- If you have to meet face-to-face with other people to get your job done, could you limit these meetings to certain days of the week?
- Can you equip your home office with all of the technology and other materials you need to get your job done?
- Do you already work offsite for business reasons like travel or client site visits; and if so, will you be able to further reduce the amount of time you spend at the office?