Introduction to Telecommuting
This on-line guide to telecommuting is primarily designed for supervisors to assist them in determining when a telecommuting arrangement is appropriate, whether for an individual employee or in consideration of a larger roll-out. When completing the assessment process, supervisors are encouraged to assess all members of their team, even if only one or two individuals are being considered for telecommuting. This will give supervisors a better picture of your entire team and ensure that telecommuting arrangements are established using an unbiased approach. Human Resources is always available to provide support.
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Employees Interested in Telecommuting
If you are an employee interested in telecommuting, here are a few tips:
Review the website. Make sure you understand the assessment process and what factors will be considered by your supervisor in determining if a telecommuting arrangement is appropriate for you.
Complete the Self Assessment. The Self Assessment will assist you in ascertaining whether you are a good candidate for a telecommuting arrangement. Completing the form does not guarantee that you will be granted a telecommuting arrangement. The decision to establish a telecommuting arrangement is at the discretion of your supervisor, and the appropriate senior management, and will be based on a number of factors.
Review the Telecommuting Individual Planning Checklist. The checklist will walk you and your supervisor through the steps involved in setting up a telecommuting arrangement, including ordering any necessary equipment and participating in training for telecommuters.
Review your annual goals and detail what work will be accomplished while telecommuting. Not only will doing this help you demonstrate to your supervisor that you will still be able to meet your goal while working virtually, but it is required as part of the Telecommuting Agreement.
Discuss your interest with your supervisor. Now that you are familiar with the assessment process, have completed the self assessment and outlined your work plan, and reviewed the steps to setting up a telecommuting arrangement, talk to your supervisor. Having completed the above steps will allow you to better address your supervisor’s questions and concerns.