Interacting with your Teleworking Co-workers Online
Working, as a telecommuter
and dealing with other employees that are located at the corporate office
can sometimes be a daunting task.
While e-mails are great, after
all, this is a major part of telecommuting; it is sometimes hard to set
the right tone. It can be hard to fully appreciate each other's positions
when have never met this person and your schedule and his are most likely
very different. When receiving an e-mail stressing a special project and
its importance and speedy turn around, it can come across and make you
feel like you are being picked on. Or even flustered, what can they expect
you are doing the best you can.
Take a deep breath before you
hit the reply button in these situations! Be sure to always remain professional
and courteous, although hard it might be at times. Try to remember that
many of these companies have a few hundred telecommuters that work for
them. This means your first emails may not get answered in the first ten
Many times, e-mails don't make
it to their destination, sending your e-mail message with a read request,
is a smart choice for you. This way there cannot be any confusion if something
was not received on time or managed to get lost in cyberspace!
Just remember while telecommuting
is your choice for work, and it makes "your" life easier, there
will still be "work" headaches just as there would be in a regular
office job. Its bound to happen when many people are working for the same
goal, but it can be done and you can do it too!