Q: I’ve always dreamed of being my own boss, and working from home. But I’ve been on my own for over a year and –even though I like it- I also find it very challenging to stay focused. I know you write about the workplace, but I wonder if you had any personal productivity tips for those of us who are self-employed and work from home.
In this electronically connected workforce, telecommuting or working from home is easier than ever. Research shows that employees who work from home tend to be more productive then when in the office, but setting up a telecommuting policy may not be as easy as it sounds. There are certain legal implications that employers should consider when allowing employees to work from home.
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It took an overcrowded office and the Great Recession to prompt Chris Dyer to open a virtual office and shut the door on the brick-and-mortar workspace when his lease ended in 2008.
It was a drastic move for the CEO and founder of peopleG2, a provider of background screenings. However, it brought the change in culture Dyer sought, with more transparency, better performance and an initial savings of $5,000-$8,000 per month. Today, all but three of 24 staffers telecommute every day at peopleG2.