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Tips for Telecommuters

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Whether you're new to telecommuting or you've been at it for awhile, here are a few best practices University IT recommends to help you successfully work from anywhere.

Telecommuting Tips and Tricks


  • Make sure you have a video-enabled computer and headphones with a microphone built-in to facilitate smooth video conferencing from home
  • Test your equipment ahead of time
  • Have a back-up plan if your internet goes down


  • Familiarize yourself with virtual collaboration tools, like Zoom, Google Docs, Slack, Jabber, and more
  • Consider note taking collaboratively in a Google Doc during meetings


  • Choose a quiet location at home to minimize distractions for video conferencing
  • Make sure that you are not backlit so that people can see your face


  • Block your calendar showing the hours you will work remotely, with how to best reach you, and set as “free” to show you are available
  • Create an all day reminder to reflect working from home (WFH) days and times


  • Create a team chat channel
  • Use chat during the day to catch up with your colleagues and get your “water cooler” time in
  • Be responsive and timely in replying to chat messages


  • Turn on your video in Zoom meetings for face time with your colleagues
  • Set expectations with your team that you are just as available for meetings from home (via Zoom) as when in the office
  • Be proactive about speaking up and/or raising your hand visually to get attention of the room

For more about videoconferencing and other recommended collaboration tools at Stanford, visit

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