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Home-based workers need to look beyond the desk to re-create working environment

Posted on July 7th, 2011 Read time: 1 minutes

As a result of the 2008 financial crisis and the advent of new technologies, more companies have transformed their workforces from purely office-based into a structure that includes freelancers, contract workers and home-based employees.

However, the transition from working in an office environment to existing primarily outside of one can be difficult. One of the first steps workers can take to adapt quickly to their new working location is by re-creating the workplace atmosphere in their new setting.

Many home-based workers may assume that all they need to get started is a desk, laptop and designated work phone. However, Delaware Online explains that constructing a working environment goes far beyond these simple tasks.

"Lone workers must also take greater responsibility for their own professional image, networking opportunities, training and daily motivation, experts at Wharton and elsewhere say. If they don't, they risk missing out on important social connections and possibly career growth," the source writes.

According to a recent study, only 2.9 million Americans teleworked regularly in 2009. Yet, this number is expected to grow to 4.9 million by 2016 – a 69 percent increase.

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