Readying SharePoint For Teleworking

Microsoft SharePoint is an accepted enterprise standard for online collaboration, but unfortunately many organizations don’t use it to its fullest potential. If you’re preparing a telework pilot program, ensure that your SharePoint implementation is set up and optimized to support and assist your teleworkers.

How to Develop a Corporate Telework Pilot Plan

Making the move to corporate teleworking may seem simple from the web worker’s perspective. However, the introduction of teleworking can have an impact on many facets of an organization; careful planning is a must if your organization is considering allowing its employees to work remotely.

Build a Web Worker Friendly Project Management Office

Many corporations rely on Project Management Offices (PMOs) to centralize project management activities. Just as organizations have to change some of their processes to accommodate web working, PMOs have to be at on the forefront of those changes to manage organizational projects to successful delivery.

5 Fast Tips to Help You Get a Break Today

relaxingHave you had a break today?
It sounds simple enough, but we all know how difficult it can be to drag ourselves away from our desks during the work day. Since we’re not surrounded by colleagues heading out for lunch or coffee, and we all have a lot of work on, it can be easy to forget to take breaks. We take up a task, get stuck into it, and before we know it, we’ve missed lunch time and have just a couple of hours left to get the next couple of items off our task list.
Sitting (or even standing) at your desk all day is bad for your concentration, your posture and, often, your productivity. Even if you take a half-hour to read the news headlines around 1pm, many would say that’s not enough. You actually need to get away from your workstation, stretch your legs, and clear your mind. Here’s how I make sure I get a well-earned break during my work day. Read More about 5 Fast Tips to Help You Get a Break Today

7 Signs That You’re Not (Yet) Cut Out for Teleworking

154656_stop_sign It’s become almost commonplace to consider teleworking as a career move. From companies wanting to reduce costs to individuals looking for alternative income streams, there’s no shortage of people interested in this option. But no matter how easy it looks on paper, successful teleworking takes time and effort to establish. This is especially true if you have personal characteristics that might make it harder for you to telework.
What traits should you watch out for and how do you overcome them? Read More about 7 Signs That You’re Not (Yet) Cut Out for Teleworking

How to Build Trust Remotely

skyhawk_2Trust is probably the most crucial factor in any working relationship — indeed, in any human relationship. It can be a challenge to engender trust in your colleagues at the best of times, but when you’re not on site with them, it’s even harder.
In a face-to-face working relationship, you may not be particularly conscious of the need to build trust, or the innate tactics you use to do so. But when you’re working remotely, it can be a good idea to give a little thought to trust, and to be conscious of it as you build your remote working experience. Here are what I see as the most effective and most straightforward ways to build trust remotely. Read More about How to Build Trust Remotely

How Office Policies Can Benefit Remote Workers

lilticksMy employer’s currently on a kick to reduce printing costs, so those in the office are being strenuously encouraged to reduce our print output, and when we do print, to print everything double-sided with black ink only, unless single-sided or colored printing is absolutely imperative.
Of course, technically, this rule doesn’t apply to those of us who can also work remotely — if we really want to, we can print everything in color and on heavy stock, single-sided in our home offices. But of course this low-print policy is also sensibly applied in my remote office as well as at company HQ.
The die-hard anti-corporate web worker may not want to hear this, but as it turns out, many corporate office policies may come in handy in your remote workplace. I can think of three very common policies that can also fit well into a remote work philosophy. Read More about How Office Policies Can Benefit Remote Workers

What is Remote Leadership?

lilduckThe barriers to working from home are usually human, according to Rosabeth Moss Kanter, who presents remote working as a solution for “business growth, working families, and a green future.” Kanter, a Harvard Business School professor, cites leadership as an important factor in successful remote working, saying, “People need clear goals, deadlines and performance metrics. Team members need trust and the ability to rely on and fill in for one another.”
This got me thinking about the leadership and teams I’ve worked with remotely. Most of my remote working experience has been in small teams or solo — there has been little of what I think of as traditional leadership. Read More about What is Remote Leadership?

Put an End to Work-life Struggles

There will always be times when we need to work overtime to get something finished, or because we take on responsibilities for a colleague who’s on leave, or because we’re trying to get ahead of the game for some reason.
But even without such triggers, many of us find ourselves blurring the lines between work time and down time, which is easy enough to do when your home space is your work space.
If you’re the type of person who tends to find themselves working longer hours, or doing little bits of work when you have spare moments on the weekend, these tips might help you to keep the boundaries between work and personal time nice and clear.

How to Set Up a Teleworking Expansion Fund

While some employers will pay for the equipment expenses of their teleworking employees, there’s only so much they can cover. Freelancers like myself have it in even tougher — they need to provide their own gear from the beginning. I guess the price of location independence is that we’re often on our own when it comes to these expenses.
Because of this, I’ve been building my own “teleworking expansion fund” over the past two years. I call it that because it allows me to expand the range of tools and skills that I have. The purpose of the fund is to cover work-related emergencies and pay for equipment and software, as well as the odd educational expense, such as books or seminars. My experience with my fund has been successful, and I recommend that you consider setting one up yourself. Here’s how to do it. Read More about How to Set Up a Teleworking Expansion Fund