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Your Questions About [telecommute Work]

Charles asks…

I would like to know if their are companies that hires at home workers to be employees. No telecommute?

Any at home job will do,but I just don’t have the funds to invest anything for start up cost. I’m a single mother with 3 children and working part-time for 20 hr a week. Please if anyone could please lead me on the right path to my searches. Thanks

vernette answers:

Transcription is a good home based work. If you want to learn medical transcription, small businesses usually hire out. Medical billing is also good. You have to get a good skill.

Sandy asks…

Calling all military wives that telecommute from Germany.?

I’m looking for someone in my situation, military wife wanting to telecommute for my current job while living in Germany. How did your company make it work? My company is getting hung up with worker’s comp, they are being told they have to buy German coverage. Anyone know a way around this?

vernette answers:

You can’t get around this if you live in Germany and BTW it would be highly illegal to try to get around.

Donna asks…

What do telecommuters need, lack, or want?

Is seems that the percentage of workers allowed to telecommute is rising rapidly and will continue to do so in the future. What are these workers needs and wants? What are they missing by not being in an office? A work social life? People to go to lunch with? Would a social networking website targeted directly at telecommuters be a good idea?

vernette answers:

I see where you’re going and it’s a good thought. I would think a social networking site would need to focus on industry so that the telecommuter could socialize with similarly minded individuals with the same professional focus. But…..

Telecommuting is very good provided the job does not require input from social or environmental influences. What I mean is when a person telecommutes and when a person isolates themselves, there is a tendency to slowly and unintentionally limit their exposure to “the real world.” And thus begin to polarize their interpretations of what’s going on in the world, their industry, or their community.

Telecommuters need professional support. A physical social network of mandated diversity (is that possible?). To feel they are a contributor for their company.

Steven asks…

How do I ask my boss if I can telecommute?

I work for a university and no one commutes, except for maybe a few IT guys, but I don’t work in IT. I want to telecommute just one day a week. I don’t do student services so it’s not like I have to always be there to assist anyone. My work is pretty independent for the most part. All state employees aren’t even getting our usual 3% raise this year because the economy is so bad. Instead we’re getting a 2.5% raise but we have to do furloughs which I don’t care for too much. I don’t even care about that 2.5 or 3% raise. I would forfeit that if I could just telecommute. I know I’m a good worker and was promoted shortly after I started. Job performance will not be an issue. My concern is that this is a school environment in which 99% of the employees have to physically be at work. How can I make the case for telecommuting?

vernette answers:

Your university will need to have a policy for telecommuting – seek out the HR dept and ask to see the regs – if it only covers IT people, you’re out of luck. But it probably has a general job title included, which may give you some leeway.

Write your proposal like a grant. Not just a friendly request to your boss, but a professional request you expect to go high up the chain. Remember, what they do for you, they must do for others (and vice versa). Know your position requirements, insurance coverage if injured “in route”, job duty expectations.

As you write your proposal, be careful what you wish for. It’s not what it appears – on that one day you’re gone, you would still be required to attend staff meetings, special visits, training etc back on campus. So don’t think of that one day as set in stone.

Also, an ‘off-site’ job location usually requires you to be ‘working’ a standard straight 8 hours, with lunch. So don’t think of it as a few hours in the morning, long lunch, few in the afternoon and at night.

You might have more luck with a flex-time schedule, again check with HR. Come in early, leave early or work 10 hrs, take one day off,etc…  Check out http://workoptions.com.

Good luck, go in prepared…

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