Think critically about whether your position can effectively be performed remotely. If you wish to develop a proposal for a telework arrangement, consider how you will address factors such as attendance at routine and ad-hoc meetings, coworker interactions and collaboration, communication with your supervisor about status and progress of your responsibilities, how you propose to remain available for communication during work hours.
You may find it helpful to consider the questions outlined in the Self-Assessment below. Consider the following factors in making an honest determination about your telework capabilities. Note any concerns you may have and how you plan to address them in order to telework.
- Will the amount of telework proposed support your ability to accomplish your tasks and assignments efficiently?
- Does the nature of work performed allow you to meet operational expectations while teleworking?
- Are you comfortable working remotely for the amount of time you have requested to telework?
- Are you willing to be flexible while teleworking to respond to the needs of the manager, the workgroup, and the work?
- Are you in compliance with the department’s Information Security and Privacy Awareness Training?
- Have you signed and acknowledged the department’s Information Security and Privacy guidelines and laws?
- Do you regularly meet your schedules and deadlines?
- Do you have effective time management skills?
- Do you have organized work practices?
- Would your supervisor agree with your assessment?
- Do you feel comfortable using the technologies that will be needed to telework?
- Do you have reliable phone and internet service/connectivity?
- Do you return emails, calls, and other messages in accordance with office procedures?
- Do you have the ability to ensure good communication with your supervisor, co-workers and customers?
- What is your communication preference? Is this preference complementary with your department’s telework policy or supervisor’s communication expectations?
- Is your planned alternate work location amenable for you to perform your duties?
- Is your planned alternate work location safe (e.g., free of tripping hazards, smoke detectors in place, electrical outlets are permanent in nature and properly grounded)?
- Do you have the ability to ensure the alternate work location is free from distractions (e.g., home based learning for students, children, friends, television, or other responsibilities)? What distraction mitigation will be in place if needed?