Finally, train employees on how to document performance while working at home and train managers on how to oversee that performance. Make sure SMART (specific, measurable, action-oriented, realistic, time-bound) goals are defined and a good performance measurement system is being used by the firm.
Marissa Mayer's directive for Yahoo reinvigorated the debate over telecommuting. This is a good time for companies to really think about what's best for both the firm (in terms of productivity and morale) and for today's employees who are trying to juggle more and more.
Russell is the vice dean and the director of the Executive Coaching and Leadership Development Program at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business. She is a licensed industrial and organizational psychologist and has more than 25 years of experience coaching executives and consulting on leadership and career management.