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What Type of Telecommuter Are You?

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I’m a big fan of telecommuting – and so are most employees. But not all telecommuters are created equal and some employees (and entrepreneurs) need a little extra help to get the most out of working at home. A new study by PGI [1] found seven types of telecommuters, each with their own strong suits and weak points. Here’s a closer look.

Telecommuting Research

1. 24/7 Workers

No worries about this telecommuter slacking off. He or she is busy working long into the night as 24/7 types are driven, success-oriented and a great collaborator, but they are also high-stress and high-maintenance.

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2. Multitaskers

Always connected and easily distracted, the multitasker can quickly get overwhelmed and stressed out. On the plus side, multitaskers thrive on collaboration, connection and creativity.

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3. Networkers

The networker loves to chat and collaborate, but can quickly become miserable and isolated working at home.

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4. Distracted Workers

These employees get distracted not by work or the digital world, but by the home environment. They try to mix work tasks with home tasks and get bogged down as a result.

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5. Remote Managers

Business travel is all in a day’s work for these high-level, always-on road warriors.

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6. Flex Workers

These employees blurs the line between work and life and are happy to do so (think busy mom or energetic Millenial). They are independent, creative and rely on mobile devices. Business isn’t 24-7 for these folks, but it’s not 9 to 5, either. They might want to work at midnight or knock off at noon.

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7. Hyper-Efficient Workers

They may work at home, but these workers do so old-school, with work and home clearly delineated. They are extremely efficient, so they get work done in less time, but they don’t burn the midnight oil—when they’re done, they’re done.

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Of course, these tips can help even if you don’t have employees by showing you how you can be more effective when you work at home.

Take the quiz [2] and see what kind of telecommuter you are and download their eBook for tips on how to work smarter, not harder – wherever you are.

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