Tips for being a Successful Teleworker


  • Your home needs to be suitable for telework. Identify appropriate workspace that is free from distractions and adequately meets technology (high-speed internet) needs.


  • Work with your supervisor to define your telework schedule. This should be included in the organization’s policy and agreement you sign.

Get organized and plan ahead:

  • Establish a routine just like you would for the office.
  • Identify specific tasks you will work on while teleworking and establish to-do checklist.
  • Save projects for teleworking if you only telework one-two days a week/month. Telework is a great opportunity to work on larger projects for long periods and to catch up on emails and smaller projects.
  • Take more work home than you think you will finish.
  • Continue to meet your deadlines as if you were in the office.


  • Establish the hours you will be working and inform everyone who needs to know.
  • Communicate progress and delays with managers, coworkers, etc.
  • Answer your phone. You need to be available when teleworking.
  • Use various communication methods. Instant messaging, conference and/or video calls, etc.

Handle distractions:

  • Develop ground rules with yourself, family, and neighbors to determine appropriate interruptions. Teleworking is not a substitute for childcare or elder care.  While teleworking does allow for flexibility, consider these distractions and how you will handle them:
  • Pets
  • Chores
  • Neighbors
  • Family
  • Television
  • Errands

Office time:

  • Make the best use of your time in the office by building relationships and spending time face-to-face with coworkers and your manager. Attempt to attend all group meetings in person.