When Team Members Are in Remote Locations 339 The process of telecommuting uses technology to enable people to perform their work at home or at a location remote from the central office by receiving assignments and submitting completed work through a computer equipped with a modem. Tips for Members Who Choose to Telecommute Managers and consultants who have worked with companies that use telecommuters suggest that the key to success for both telecommuters and companies is a well-designed plan for orienting and training all people who are either hired as telecommuters or have transferred to that type of work. This plan should be followed by ongoing interaction between the leader and the telecommuter. Set up your own rules to handle the special problems of working at home. Many people who are accustomed to the routine of an office find that they flounder when they have to work without direct supervision. If you are working from your home, here are some suggestions: · Set specific hours that you plan to work, and stick to them.Although some telecommuters are paid on an hourly basis and must keep time logs, most work in salaried jobs in which their work is measured not by hours worked but by their achievement of key results areas. Some jobs require telecommuters to be available at the telephone or at the computer during normal business hours; in others, the specific hours worked aren't important as long as the work is done and the team leader knows when the employee can be contacted. · Set up working hours when children are in school or napping.If you have children who aren't in school, arrange working hours for times when you're less likely to be disturbed or when another adult is available to take care of them. · Set priorities so that you're always aware of deadlines and progress on each assignment.Keep your to-do list current at all times. List new assignments and deadlines, check off work comple-