Remote Workers: How to Be Out of Sight but Not Out of Mind - 5. Show Up

By Deb Perelman  |  Posted 2008-05-27 Print this article Print

Whether you live a plane ride away from your office's central hub or a subway ride across town, there is nothing more essential to the success of your telecommuting than as much face time with your colleagues as you can muster. A new manager in your group? Seems like a great time to stop in and say hi. Are people tense because of whispers of layoffs? Come on by and remind them that you're in this, too. If your travel requires budgetary approval, take the initiative with your supervisor to get pre-approval for a certain number of visits per month or year. Bonus tip: Let people know before you show up, so you don't come in on a day that half of your group is also out of the office.

Succeeding at the art of telecommuting requires extra vigilance on the part of remote employees--making it abundantly clear that you're not only in the loop, but you'd like to stay in it. Here are some suggestions for making your presence felt in the office, no matter where you happen to be working.

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