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Telecommuters: Prove your productivity

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If you’re happy telecommuting, don’t take it for granted. After a decade in which many employees fought to work from home, a backlash against off-site workers has arisen. Some employers now argue that teamwork breaks down and productivity suffers when staffers work from home. Plus, telecommuting annoys on-site managers.

If you’re telecommuting, trumpet the benefits your employer accrues from your stay-at-home status. Examples:

• Track your office hours. Keep a daily log of how many hours you work, along with the projects you’re tackling. Don’t wait to be asked for this information—volunteer it.

• Build trust. Managers often object to telecommuters because they can’t keep an eye on them. Assuage the boss’s fears by following through and delivering on your promises without being nagged.

• Initiate contact. Aside from attending regularly scheduled meetings in the office, make surprise drop-in visits. This extra “face time” reassures colleagues that you’re still a team player.

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