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As part of celebrating Earth Day throughout the month of April, we'll be featuring posts about how to make your nonprofit or library more environmentally friendly. This post, from John at our donor partner ReadyTalk, originally appeared on their blog.
As government agencies begin to implement telework policies, managers
are new to managing remote employees and challenged to avoid
disruptions in day-to-day work as employees begin telecommuting. While
it may be challenging at first, it is possible to maintain workflow and
In a recent white paper, Best Practices for Managing Teleworkers: Changing Attitudes, Changing Ways (registration required),
analysts from Frost and Sullivan discuss practical steps managers can
take to limit disruption and increase efficiency when rolling out
telework work will require looking at your team differently – managing
expectations while someone is remote and ensuring that collaboration
continues are key to success. For additional insight, download the free white paper.
What has worked for your organization? What would steps would you
recommend to other organizations? Are there missteps to avoid? Share
As the director of government sales, John is leading efforts to
grow ReadyTalk’s government and public sector business. Away from work,
John enjoys skiing and hiking in the mountains.
What works for me, working from home:
-- have a day & time for at least one weekly staff/team meeting. It keeps me focused, helps me know what's going on, and makes me feel like I'm involved. If I just rely on email, instant messaging or someone calling, I'd be left out of a lot of important info. A lot of "oh, have I mentioned...?" comments in these regular meetings.
-- EXCELLENT audio for meetings. I need to be able to hear very clearly, and everyone needs to hear ME clearly! Whatever you need to make that happen, do it.
-- instant messaging. I like leaving my cross platform IM program (I use Adium) so anyone I'm working with can see when I'm "in", and can IM me with a "Hey, can we talk by phone now?" That way, they don't disturb me if I'm actually on a Skype call with someone or on the phone with someone else, and they don't call and not reach me because I happen to be out during that 15 minutes
-- Super clear communications regarding what my goals are/should be, and my progress towards those goals.