If you work in an office five days a week, you may eventually become something of a dinosaur.

By 2003, 137 million workers worldwide will be involved in some form of telecommuting, according to CT-based GartnerGroup. The experts predict the majority of these remote employees won’t completely escape the office but will likely work from home a few days a week. For some businesses and employees, it’s a trend that represents a dramatic change in the workplace environment.

A valuable resource document
Here’s how TechRepublic wants to help. We’re creating a comprehensive document that covers just about every aspect of telecommuting—from descriptions of software that monitors worker performance to overcoming security obstacles. This lengthy white paper will be available as a free download to our passport holders.

We plan to address the technical issues involved in telecommuting, along with the practical, human relations questions this arrangement poses. That’s why we’re asking for your help. Send us your tips for telecommuters . You might share advice based on your experiences during an extended road trip. Or you might know of a clever tip a co-worker uses.

Here are just a few of the questions we hope you’ll answer by suggesting strategies that have worked for you and the telecommuters you work with:

  • How do you remain focused on your work when distractions at home compete for your attention?
  • How do you overcome technical problems when you’re on the road?
  • What’s the best way to stay in touch with the home office?
  • How do you receive credit for job performance if the boss never sees you at work?

What’s in it for you?
TechRepublic will reward the readers who send in the most innovative idea or the most comprehensive list of suggestions. The goal is to provide tips for telecommuters to succeed.

Winners will receive a TechRepublic logo T-shirt and a $25 gift certificate to online bookseller Fatbrain.

You’ll also receive the immense satisfaction of sharing your professional knowledge so that TechRepublic can create a valuable resource document. (That’s got to be more exciting than the free T-shirt.)
Each month, ManagerRepublic offers free downloads that are designed to help the IT manager on the job. Many of the forms and templates we create are based on specific requests by TechRepublic readers. For instance, in response to one such request, we’re building a future download that will provide a list of questions you need to ask when choosing an accounting software package. What type of form or checklist would help you with your professional responsibilities? Post a comment below or tell us your idea in an e-mail .