Avoid the Five Biggest Telecommuting Mistakes

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FlexPaths Warns Mistakes to Avoid as Companies Face Increasing Demand for Telecommuting.

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Avoid road bumps by using telecommuting as a strategic route to long-term benefits instead of a short-term detour.

As gas prices hit record highs and worries rise about the prospect of $5 a gallon gas, companies can expect to face increased pressure to consider telecommuting. But before they do FlexPaths a Web-based provider of workplace flexibility solutions, warns that individuals and companies should not make the following mistakes.

The 5 Biggest Telecommuting Mistakes Individuals Make:
1. Don't set boundaries for themselves regarding work and personal responsibilities
2. Don't find ways to stay physically connected to the workplace and colleagues
3. Think they can work the same way remotely as they did in the office
4. Underestimate the need to communicate frequently with boss re what's working/not working so can be proactive
5. Don't do enough problem solving regarding 'what if' scenarios before they begin telecommuting

The 5 Biggest Telecommuting Mistakes Companies Make:
1. Think it's NOT already happening
2. Think it's harder than it is
3. Assume if I can't see you, you must not be working
4. Think it's all or nothing; fail to understand telecommuting may require a blend of off-site and in office face time
5. View telecommuting ONLY as an employee benefit; fail to see how telecommuting can benefit the business by meeting customer needs (i.e. across time zones) or save the company real estate and other overhead costs

“Done right with proper planning and processes, telecommuting can do more than ease pain at the pump,” said Karol Rose, author of five books on human resources issues and an executive with FlexPaths. “Avoid road bumps by using telecommuting as a strategic route to long-term benefits instead of a short-term detour.”

FlexPaths' corporate and consumer web portals provide 100 on-line resources to support both corporate and consumer workplace flexibility needs including several dedicated to telecommuting issues.

Companies license and customize FlexPaths’ corporate portal as a central technological platform to launch, manage and advance flexibility while the free consumer portal helps individuals develop flex readiness and connect to companies and communities who value working flexibly. Site resources include patent-pending features, best-in-class content, interactive tools, data assessments and training materials developed by well-known pioneers in workplace flexibility.

This press release was distributed through eMediawire by Human Resources Marketer (HR Marketer: http://www.HRmarketer.com) on behalf of the company
listed above.

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