seminar: using the Internet winter term 97/98
Who´s able to be a teleworker
Deciding who should telecommute
Telecommuting isn't for everyone. It requires a high capacity for self-motivation and self-discipline. Successful telecommuters have to be able to structure their days, organize their work space and files, and make independent decisions. Managers can help new telecommuters by providing them with clear objectives, reasonable deadlines, and reporting mechanisms that keep work on track.
|Also, keep in mind that the vast
majority of employers using telecommuting today do so by
selecting telecommuters from among the current in-office
workforce. This makes sense, because it's easier for
managers to feel comfortable about someone working away
from the office if he/she is familiar with the work and
the co-workers, and has demonstrated the ability to work
independently and otherwise be qualified to telecommute.
Slowly but surely, this is changing; some employers are
starting to consider hiring people from the outside
directly into telecommuter positions, but this is
A WORD TO THE WISE: As you do your research into possible telecommuting or work-at-home jobs, be careful! Some of the jobs you might see advertised that stress the ability to work at home are legitimate, but many are not. Some of these "opportunities" are scams and rip-offs of the worst kind, so be wary about any "opportunity" that requires you to buy an expensive PC or otherwise pay big money up front.
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written by Wolfgang Höfler, Mario Pichler and Christoph Panwinkler
last modified: 14.01.98