on How to Better Manage Working at Home
Working at home
as a telecommuter carries with it many proven benefits for the telecommuter
as well as the employer. It also carries with it a number of challenges, not
the least of which is separating work and home life -- or to put it another
way, figuring out how to both work and live at home. An article in 6/1/01 edition
of the Wall Street Journal ("How to Work and Live in the Same Building")
offers some good advice.
- Get dressed
Not formally dressed, but at least don't go to work in your home office still
wearing your pajamas. According to Stephen Jupp, a flexible work consultant,
"If you work in your pajamas, you aren't making a division between the
other things you do at home."
- Try using a roll-top desk
Remember roll-tops? In the 19th century, roll-tops provided a means of literally
putting the work at home out of sight. Before factories took work out of the
home, the home was the center of industrial activity. Roll-top desks help separate
working at home from living at home.
- Equip yourself only with what you need
The set-up for a telecommuter's in-home office may not have to be elaborate
or expensive. It all depends on what kinds of tasks are to be performed. Some
tasks may require high-powered computing and high-speed internet connectivity.
Others may simply require a fax and a phone. Don't buy what you don't need.
These are a few
For more info,
see: "How to Work and Live in the Same Building: Some Rules for Managing
Your Home Office," by Dagmar Aalund, in the 6/21/01 edition of the Wall