Managing Virtually: First, Get Dressed
I have virtually managed a range of teams at Ernst & Young for more than 10 years, and am often asked for advice on how to do it. One of the first things I respond with is: "I don't work in my pajamas. And neither should you." While I often work from home and don't necessarily put on my power suit, I do get dressed to manage. It helps me to focus. When working from home, it's also important to find a place that is conducive to being productive. In my case it's the kitchen table. It's large, is located near the best light in the house and allows easy set-up for my computer and supplies (which I keep in a small bin). Over the years, I've also come to some other conclusions on how to stay effective when managing from a distance.
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