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11 Steps to Career Mobility for Teleworkers

11 Steps to Career Mobility for Teleworkers

Does telecommuting have a negative impact on careers? Sometimes it does, but it doesn’t have to, and at least one survey (Dr. Charles McClintock, Cornell University) indicates it actually improves chances for promotion. But for some telecommuters it may be a question of “out of sight, out of mind,” and there are some common-sense steps a manager can take to prevent that.

1) Don’t assume that telecommuting is the end to promotions.

2) Discuss career goals with your telecommuters.

3) Make advancing individual telecommuter’s careers important to you, just as you do
with in-office staff.

4) Give assignments that will challenge telecommuters.

5) Give telecommuters the opportunity to make important presentations.

6) Enable telecommuters to participate in meetings with high-level executives
whenever possible.

7) Make sure telecommuters get their mail, are invited to department/team meetings
and social functions.

8) Be watchful to make sure colleagues treat telecommuters as they do other team
members.

9) Be aware of advancement opportunities for your telecommuters.

10) Reassure telecommuters that performance evaluations will depend on meeting goals
and objectives, not on physical presence (and mean it).

11) Keep telecommuters visible by putting the spotlight on their accomplishments, and
in particular, let people who make promotion decisions know when your
telecommuters, as well as your in-office staff, do a great job.

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