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By Bob McGannon | Saturday, January 10, 2015

5 Tips for Managing Remote Employees

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Earlier this week, we offered tips for setting up a workspace at home, and establishing routines as a remote worker. This article focuses on off-site team members from another perspective: Managing remote employees.

Managing people who work at home, in other office locations, or even in other countries is a reality many leaders face these days. It comes with some challenges, certainly—but when location isn’t a factor, you also have the opportunity to tap into the greatest mix of available skills to pull off your project objectives.

To help you be an effective manager with a far-flung team, here are five tips critical to your success.

By Jolie Miller | Tuesday, January 06, 2015

So You Want to Work From Home: Establishing Routines

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If you’re one of the millions of people who hope to work from home in 2015, we’ve got some tips for you.

Last week, we showed you how to set up your home workspace for maximum efficiency. Today in the second article of our Work From Home series, we’ll help you figure out how to structure your day.

Establishing routines will make all the difference between crazy days in which you get little done and productive days in which you accomplish a lot with few interruptions. Even a company that’s skeptical of work-from-homers has to appreciate productive workdays!

These are the three questions you should ask yourself when setting up your workday routines:

By Jolie Miller | Friday, January 02, 2015

So You Want to Work from Home: Setting Up Your Office

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Working from home … we’ve all dreamed of it. The idea of avoiding the daily commute, the frequent interruptions, and—let’s face it—the constricting office attire is a fantasy most working folks entertain from time to time.

Well, the more technology advances, the more this fantasy becomes a reality. In fact, more employees work from home now than ever before. If you hope to be one of them, there are a few things you’ll need to do to set yourself up for success.

lynda.com can help.

Later this week, we’ll show you how to establish routines for maximum productivity and work-life balance, and how to manage your team remotely.

But first, here’s how to set up your space at home—both your surroundings and your headspace—to eliminate distractions and get things done.

By Jess Stratton | Monday, April 29, 2013

Monday Productivity Pointers: Making calls with Skype

Skype is the popular and free voice, video, and chat application that lets you keep in touch with family, friends, and customers no matter where you are. You can use Skype on your laptop, desktop computer, tablet, or mobile phone. Skype doesn’t use your telephone provider’s connection. It uses your Internet connection instead, so all you need is a computer with an active connection to the Internet.

This week on Monday Productivity Pointers, I start from the beginning and add a contact, test my equipment, and then initiate an Internet call with my contact.

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