questionsso they just closed the physical location of my…


I am going to make a few assumptions, but honestly, if it were me I would start looking for another job. It sounds like your employer is looking for ways to cut corners and to me that doesn't sound good.

Instant messaging is a great way to stay in touch. When I was doing some online remote positions, that is how we communicated (and e-mail).

Have fun as a remote worker!


Agreed. They're keeping you on but your own concerns display the problems with the situation. It's one thing to be a telecommuter but another thing when there is no actual physical address. I would start the process of dusting off the resume and checking out the market. If for not other reason than just the possibility.


Did you keep the red stapler?


@hackman2007 and @meh3884 thanks for the input. I was thinking the same thing about my company going downhill, but I thought I was just being paranoid.

The markets not exactly great around here, but I suppose thats yet another reason to start looking now.

@wingnutzero after the meeting where they announced the site closing the visiting upper management had "exit interviews" with us individually since they were letting some staff members go and retaining others as full time telecommuters. During my interview they told me to take all the items from my cubical to my home office. This included a Swingline stapler :D, its black though.


I find Skype (or something like it) to be great for keeping connected. Being able to hear/see people really helps with keeping relationships going. I still physically work in an office but we do a lot of work with groups/people that are distant. We have subs in Canada, England, and all over the US. We use Skype and GoToMeeting a lot and we have found that they really help with keeping everyone together.



also, set up a dedicate work space. do what you can to keep that space separated from your personal realm. mentally, i mean. don't let one dribble into the other. some folks recommend getting dressed in professional worky clothes and all that good stuff. maybe you don't need to go quite so far, but develop habits that trigger "work mode" in your brain. this will serve you well as you juggle your work duties and your search.

get active on social networks. don't be obnoxiously self-promotional, but create content with some value in your industry. interact with peers. it sounds gross and icky, but it doesn't have to be. just shop talk.

then dance some more.


If you have something like Skype or Lync that you can use for video chat, use it when appropriate. A warm face and voice in meetings goes a long way. I live in the midwest and work with a guy in Toronto. For some reason, after a few video calls, we seem to be working better. It humanizes the emails and chat conversations when you can picture who is on the other end.

If you get an inclination that your position is being eliminated, continue doing your work exceptionally but start looking. If anything makes you feel uneasy about it, go with your instinct and start looking.

The biggest thing that I have found with working remotely is that peers and superiors aren't walking by your desk and see that you are working. It is your job to keep them informed of what you are doing. This can be done by keeping your calendar current, communicating well over email and especially by making sure your direct manager knows what you are doing on a regular basis.

Good luck.


My husband is also a 100% telecommuter and has been for 5 years now. It's worked quite well for him, but he has taken extra projects on that allow him to interface with other departments and generally keep him talking to people in and out of his department regularly. He also, about once a quarter, will head into one of the physical office branches and do a face to face project there for a week or so.

I think it works in his case because he's often dealing with a customer base not located near the physical office and because his manager oversees a team spread over at least four, probably more, locations. So his boss is very much in the mindset that he doesn't see most of his team most of the time.

I do know that my husband makes a point of scheduling weekly phone one-on-one meetings with his boss and other members of the team. Oh, and yes, set up a room for just work.

Of course, some of whether it works depends on the health of your employer. So, YMMV. Good luck!


I work from home and my working hours have actually increased over time (a good thing), and my position is more stable. The key is good communication with your boss. Email and texts are not enough. You must have 2 way voice (at a minimum) as often as possible. My manager and I talk for at least an hour every other workday and we both have unlimited minute cell phones and bluetooth headsets.

We use recorded video, phone meetings and lots of annotated screenshots in project folders shared via Dropbox.

Having well defined project goals, deadlines and milestones is also good for providing direction and discipline. So does having a dedicated "office" for yourself. I don't have a ton of space, but I have a "Work" laptop and a "Play" laptop (which doubles as a backup work computer). 17 inch screens (today's laptop deal, basically) plus a big 1080p external monitor.

It totally works for us.


I work from home 100% of the time and networking with other employees is not an issue. I have frequent conference calls with them to work out issues and to discuss on-going projects. We share screens and talk with 20+ people on the line all the time.

I have never seen or met my boss. I don't know if he's tall, short, fat, skinny, black, white, etc. I believe him to be significantly younger than me but not really sure. This actually adds to the great diversity that we have because you really don't stereo-type people if you don't see them.

We have several communication options available to us: *Email, Communicator, phone calls, or conference calls. *

My preferred communication method is Email and I hate it when people start an IM conversation because that disturbs my momentum with a project. Sometimes I'll get into long email conversations with people and my boss interrupts and asks that we get on the phone to resolve it. I like Email for CYA material.


@retorak: Just because you are paranoid doesn't mean they aren't out to get you. It is nice that they were able to keep your position and let you telework. Maybe the company is moving to get as many as remote workers as possible, and you are just in the vanguard. But that isn't the way to bet. More likely they are reorganizing, and keeping you around until they decide on a final structure.

Out of sight often means out of mind. It also means you are going to be the easiest person to lay off on the next go around. I think you are very wise to begin looking for another position now. There is no reason to go burning bridges and quitting, but it is certainly it is time to get your resume ready and start looking.


This would be my dream! I love working in my undies!!