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4 ways to convince the boss you should telecommute

Your buddy works from home.

You see how much time, stress and money you can save by eliminating your daily commute to and from the office.

You realize it’s important to the environment to reduce your carbon footprint.

You love your job but you know you’ll get more done at home, where you won’t be interrupted by your manager and co-workers.

telecommuting

You’ve answered “yes” to the following questions:

1. Can I do my job at home?
2. Am I self-motivated to meet my deadlines and goals?
3. Do I have a home office to minimize distractions from my family?
4. Am I accountable?
5. Does my boss respect my work ethic and trust my ability to work independently?

Congratulations, you’re ready to join the millions of people around the world who work from home.

Hey, boss, I’m ready

Now you just have to convince the boss that you can do it.

We have some suggestions for approaching your supervisor or manager and showing her the benefits of letting you work remotely.

1. Ease into it

Have a plan to start with one or two days a week working from home. It gives your manager or supervisor an opportunity to gauge how you work from home, the quality of work you produce, whether your work ethic holds up and how you communicate back to head office.

2. Keep your nose clean

Don’t have any red flags in your file — or even your boss’s head — before approaching the boss to work from home. You want to be considered trustworthy and accountable by the people who are making decisions.

Let them know you meet — and beat — deadlines with quality work. You may want to mention a Regus productivity report from last fall that shows 75 per cent of managers surveyed believe flexible work schedules increases productivity.

3. Ensure availability

You’re already a good communicator … it’s one of the traits of people who make ideal telecommuters.

You should be ready to amp it up a bit and be available to your supervisor and teammates. You’ll demonstrate you’re accountable and dedicated to your job.

Make sure you let your boss know you:

✓ Are ready to file daily or weekly progress reports
✓ Have a solid internet connection in your home office
✓ Have the right technology in place to make communication fluid, eg. instant messaging, email, phone, conference calling and web conferencing

4. Plan visits

Schedule visits to the office to remind everyone what you look like. Even though we’re all workmates and we lead professional lives together, we’re still human beings.

It’s important to connect personally with your supervisor and teammates and remind them you aren’t just an email address or voice at the end of a phone number.

Share important news with your in-office teammates and bring them a round of coffee and doughnuts when you drop by. That’s all part of being a team and building the camaraderie that keeps everything working smoothly.

Make a plan for yourself

Remember that telecommuting can be a lonely pursuit.

As much as you’ll enjoy the solitude when you start working from home, you may start to miss the team dynamic.

Get outside, make contact with your friends and family, and be social.

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6 ways to rock your conference call

Conference calls are a vital part of business communications.

They help a business stay connected to remote teams, business partners, your executive team and even your clients.

A conference call brings everyone together at a moment’s under one “roof” without forcing you to pay cumbersome travel costs.

But you’ve sat through some pretty boring conference calls, haven’t you? When your call host drones on, it’s difficult to stay connected to the topic.

You don’t want to repeat his mistakes.

You won’t after learning how to rock your conference call.

6 tips for acing your conference call

If you have your first conference call scheduled, you might be feeling nervous. Before we break into the more detailed stuff, we’ll give you some basic tips: practise what you’re going to say, keep a good supply of water at hand and screw up your courage.

Easy peasy, right?

Here’s how you’re going to dazzle your conference call participants:

1. Start on time

That sounds simple enough, right. You’d be surprised how many conference calls are a few minutes behind, for whatever reason.

Your guests have scheduled your conference call into their busy days and you need to respect that time.

2. Ask questions

People want to be involved in the discussion. They’ll pay better attention to what you’re saying if you engage them in the subject matter by asking questions.

3. Be prepared

If you’re going to ask questions of your audience, let them ask questions in return. You really need to know your stuff and be ready with answers and solutions that might be a bit off script or stray from your notes.

4. Spend time listening

While your conference call participants are responding to your questions or asking their own, pay close attention and take notes. You might learn a few things yourself … and come up with new directions and ideas for your business!

5. Use the mute function

Nobody wants to hear someone else’s paper shuffling, baby crying or dog barking. You can mute your participants’ lines with the OnConference Listen Only feature and unmute them at any time for questions.

6. Stay focused

Yep, you’re busy, too. While you’re holding your conference call, your voicemail light is blinking, your email inbox is filling up and people have knocked on your door five times.

Never mind all that. Give your conference call guests your undivided attention

Get rockin’

Even when you have everyone on mute, think of your conference call as a discussion, rather than a speech.

And remember that OnConference ensures your conference call is carried on a fibre-optic telecommunications network, rather than a VOIP platform. We also have a 100 per cent guarantee — if you’re not happy, you will not pay.

We refund all your charges if you aren’t satisfied with your conference call.

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