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People who have worked from home for any length of time know that past performance it what allowed them to be home based, and steady performance while in their telecommuting role is what allows them to stay at home. perform well at it, must be appalled by survey data showing that a top management objection to the arrangement is the inability to know if any work is actually being done.

If a company's top sales force was out shopping instead of calling on clients, they won’t be top performers very long. And if they’re getting the job done, who really cares anyway? Yet the perception of work-at-homers as pajama wearing lazy bones persists. .

Recent data shows:

45% of the U.S. workforce holds a job that is suitable for part-time or full-time telecommuting.

50 million U.S. employees who want to work from home hold jobs that can be done from home, though only 2.9 million say home is their primary place of work.

The 2.9 million U.S. telecommuters save 390 million gallons of gas and prevent the release of 3.6 million tons of greenhouse gases annually.

If those with compatible jobs worked at home 2.4 days a week, the reduction in greenhouse gases would be the equivalent of taking the entire New York workforce off the roads.

There is no question that working from home makes sense in many cases. It can be good for the environment. It can save companies money on real estate. It can afford a better work/life balance. If you’d like to give it a try, but your employer has reservations, here are some tips from SOHOjobs to make the transition.

Easy does it — Your request to work at home will raise questions about your motives and ability to be productive. Suggest a trial period of one day a week, and then bowl them over with results.

Show the positive — Your manager should know that when you work at home you start your day earlier and end later simply by subtracting commuting time.

Constant contact— Given a chance, make sure you stay in close contact with the office. If your co-workers can’t find you when they need you, it’s over.

Keep the company in mind — Urgent matters will arise that may be best handled right away by someone in the office. Make sure to designate someone to assume your role when you are unavailable.

One thing you can do right now to get the Telecommuting train rolling is to make it part of the conversation. Talk openly about your desires and be forthright with you superiors. Good Luck

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