From the amount of print out there, you would think that telecommuting would be the be all and end all for productivity on the planet. And you’d think that telecommuting will do more to hurt your career than anything on the planet.
Most of these articles focus on what a person who telecommutes needs to do to effectively manage their career, the latest from MSNBC and “How telecommuters can ease career congestion.” Usually, the articles talk about the need for all sorts of tips and tricks to make sure management knows what you are doing because “you can’t be there.”
But, really, how different is telecommuting from having a remote manager? Not much different at all, I’d contend.
How many of you are remotely managed with managers outside of your city right now? I am. Have been for the last five years.
How different is that from a manager managing you working from home in the same city where you work? There is a difference — telecommuters can usually go into the office and meet face to face with their manager as needed whereas a remote manager in a different city needs to have one of you travel to see each other face to face.
In my view, telecommuting and remote employees share a common set of characteristics around managing the manager:
Telecommuting can be great to do in the right environment and being a remote employee should not put you off. Simply manage the process and deliver great work. And, quite often, help your manager manage you…