Books

There are some wonderful telecommuting books out there to learn more about the advantages and methods to successfully telecommute – from the prospective of the employee and the manager (and many with both).

Firstly my own telecommuting book ….

TelecommuteCoverSmallTelecommuting – a simple guide on how to start telecommuting

Want all the relevant information from this site in one document?  Then why not get the book!   This is a summary of this site pages in one place…so you can take it and read on the train, bus or plane as you contemplate becoming a telecommuter.

 

The ones below are favorite telecommuting books:

Telecommuting Success: A Practical Guide for Staying in the Loop while Working Away from the Office

The saying “Out of sight, out of mind” can easily apply to telecommuters who don’t recognize the importance of staying connected. Whether they telecommute full time or part time, employees who work away from the office face challenges with time management, teamwork, technology, and more. They also face the all-too-real possibility of being overlooked for promotions because of low visibility!

This guidebook helps telecommuters stay connected with their customers, managers, and coworkers: and maintain communication, involvement, visibility, and promotability. Its practical advice includes

  • Guidance on handling problems without making them the employer’s problems
  • Checklists for being an organized, productive, and well-equipped telecommuter
  • Advice on how to work so everyone feels you’re just a cubicle away
  • Ten things to do while at the office to maintain a place in the loop
  • Ten common telecommuting problems, and ways to overcome them

 

101 Tips for Telecommuters: Successfully Manage Your Work, Team, Technology and Family

Telecommuting can have a tremendously positive impact on an individual’s quality of life, productivity, and peace of mind. But all of the advantages are contingent on being a well-informed telecommuter. Author Debra Dinnocenzo offers specific strategies for successful telecommuting that will enhance effectiveness and prosperity, both personal and professional. Easy-to-implement suggestions offer ways to transfer the knowledge and take the steps necessary to change and improve relationships, processes, resources, and systems, at work and at home. Sections address working well alone, with the family, with a team, and with external partners.

 Remote: Office Not Required

The “work from home” phenomenon is thoroughly explored in this illuminating new book from bestselling 37signals founders Fried and Hansson, who point to the surging trend of employees working from home (and anywhere else) and explain the challenges and unexpected benefits.  Most important, they show why – with a few controversial exceptions such as Yahoo — more businesses will want to promote this new model of getting things done.

The Industrial Revolution’s “under one roof” model of conducting work is steadily declining owing to technology that is rapidly creating virtual workspaces and allowing workers to provide their vital contribution without physically clustering together.  Today, the new paradigm is “move work to the workers, rather than workers to the workplace.”  According to Reuters, one in five global workers telecommutes frequently and nearly ten percent work from home every day. Moms in particular will welcome this trend.  A full 60% wish they had a flexible work option. But companies see advantages too in the way remote work increases their talent pool, reduces turnover, lessens their real estate footprint, and improves the ability to conduct business across multiple time zones, to name just a few advantages.  In Remote, inconoclastic authors Fried and Hansson will convince readers that letting all or part of work teams function remotely is a great idea—and they’re going to show precisely how a remote work setup can be accomplished.

 

The Distance Manager: A Hands on Guide to Managing off-Site Employees and Virtual Teams

Global business demands and new technologies have created a virtual workplace for many companies, with employees and teams routinely collaborating from distant geographical locations on the road, from home, at client sites-even on the other side of the globe. The Distance Manager provides practical information and tools to help managers bridge the communication gaps created by geographical separation, and get peak performance from employees they rarely see. This handbook is perfect for sales managers, project team leaders, senior managers, and anyone who manages people at more than one location. Key topics include: Using e-mail, teleconferencing, and videoconferencing for maximum effectiveness Mastering the people skills required to manage from a distance Virtual team building, and strategies for managing multiple locations.

Will Work from Home: Earn the Cash–Without the Commute

Many people already spend 12 hours a day getting to work, working, getting home from work. Here’s some good news: thanks to advances in technology, acceptance of outsourcing, the trend towards corporate flextime, and other factors, working from home is easier than ever.

Good Morning America‘s Workplace Contributor Tory Johnson and consumer advocate Robyn Freedman Spizman tell readers exactly how to turn today’s cultural change to their advantage without giving up an income. Specific business plans will teach them how to:
• Take their current position home
• Find a new company whose policies will allow them to work from home
• Reseach a product they believe in, and sell it from home
• Start their own business, doing something they love, for a minimal initial investment

With real-life stories, a step-by-step plan, resource guides, and lists of scams to avoid, this is the book that will help readers finally make the leap??and show them that they don’t have to give up their family, creativity, or peace of mind to earn a decent salary.