Blog, Teleworking

Interested in teleworking, but aren’t sure if your job is suitable for it, ask yourself the following questions?

  1. Do you take work home with you in the evenings?
  2. Do you work from home when you are sick?
  3. Could your job be done from anywhere other than the office?
  4. Could your manager measure your productivity without “face time”?
  5. Are you self-motivated?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you could be a successful candidate for telework, according to Telework!VA.

So let’s get started on getting you on the road (pun intended) to work from home or remotely.

First and foremost, let’s define telework.

Telework means working at any alternative location other than your central worksite. This could be from a home office, telework center, or satellite office.

The level of formality of your telework arrangement completely depends on the telework agreement between company and employee.

Some teleworking arrangements require nothing more than a phone line, while others involve a full home office setup.

Ready to get started, since you answered yes above, that is?

Take these steps.

STEP 1: Determine if you would be a good teleworker. Just because you CAN telework doesn’t mean you should telework. Read on here for help determining if you would be a good teleworker.

STEP 2: If your company doesn’t already have a telework program, prepare to ask your boss for permission to telecommute. We’ve compiled a list of actions to take before the big ask here.

STEP 3: If your boss said yes, but now needs to think through the logistics of setting up a telework program, assuming the company doesn’t already have one, share this blog post here with your boss. It goes over the FAQs for a company looking to establish a telework program, including the benefits that come with it.

STEP 4: Determine how YOU can best telework successfully and start here with this read.

STEP 5: Sign up for MidPenRideShare and start tracking your telework days to earn points and rewards, including discounts and coupons to local retailers and restaurants.

MidPenRideShare is a free service operated by the Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission for residents, workers, commuters, and tourists in Virginia’s Middle peninsula (Counties of Essex, Gloucester, King and Queen, King William, Mathews, and Middlesex and the towns of Tappahannock, Urbanna, and West Point).
The Commission has partnered with the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) and their Virginia-wide ConnectingVA program to provide free ridematching to find carpools, vanpools, and all forms of public transportation, trip planning, and information on park-and-ride lots, bike share services, electric vehicle charging stations, and rewards.