Do's & Don'ts
- Trust your employees.
- Be certain that you and your employees complete any surveys, feedback forms, or other evaluations tools that your employer requests.
- Use your telework arrangement as a new way to optimize your managing skills.
- Manage by results. Results are what is important, not face-to-face time.
- When you have the opportunity, telework yourself. The experience will give you insight on the benefits and challenges of the arrangement.
- Try to see things from a teleworker's perspective.
- Keep your telework staff in mind when setting department goals.
- Delegate work fairly between teleworkers and non-teleworkers.
- Include teleworkers in daily activities. Keep an eye out for teleworkers who feel isolated.
- Encourage communication between teleworkers and non-teleworkers.
- Make curfew checks.
- Check on teleworkers every hour for status updates.
- Ignore your teleworkers.
- Set up unrealistic deadlines.
- Ignore problems.
- Neglect your teleworker.
- Set unreachable goals.
- Expect perfection – adjustments to your telework program are inevitable.
- Allow one unsuccessful teleworking experience to give the program a bad reputation.
- Expect everyone to be successful at teleworking.