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Telecommuters Need to Develop Special Skills
Successful telework requires more than a laptop and a fast Internet connection. Experienced IT professionals - who work from home at least part time - explain the lessons they learned the hard way.

Collaboration: Working Together, While Apart
More businesses recognize that remote workers include telecommuters as well as workers located in different offices. Because nearly everyone works with people who are in different departments and locations, many businesses are moving work online to better serve these remote working situations, whether the worker is local or remote, moving or static.

E-Mail Etiquette Tips
"Virtual Interference" is a term used to describe the misunderstandings that can arise when coworkers communicate via electronic means. As we know, the usual body language and vocal cues that aid face-to-face communication are absent in an e-mail or Instant Message (IM) exchange. The etiquette tips are from the Yale University Library's Training & Staff Development web page (www.library.yale.edu/training/netiquette), and are meant to help coworkers ward off e-communications problems.

During Flu Season, Companies Should Consider Telecommuting to Combat "Presenteeism"
During flu season, employers are increasingly concerned about the risk sick employees pose to the workplace. Flu season always brings absenteeism, but employees who come to work when they aren't feeling well may actually cost companies more than if they stayed home.

Maintaining Good Relationships with Your Non-Telecommuting Coworkers
One of the realities you face as a telecommuter is the attitude your non-telecommuting coworkers may have toward you, if they feel you have been given a privilege that they were not offered. So writes Stephanie Greenside, the Telecommuting host for the web site BellaOnline.

Proactive Communication Ensures Effective Telecommuting
Establishing a system for proactive communication between the office and telecommuters has been key for companies that have experienced success with telecommuting.

Remote Working Helps Drive Corporate Success
Telecommuting is a key factor driving corporate success resulting in reduced costs and increased employee productivity, according to The Remote Working Revolution, a report on networking and business strategy from AT&T in co-operation with the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).

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