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Make a point of face time
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Make a point of face time

Those who telecommute insist that there is still value to face time, even if it is just an occasional social get-together with co-workers.

At Web Success Agency, a fully remote Web marketing firm, CEO Avin Kline says the company uses virtual meetup tools like Google Hangout. But he says it's also important for the 10-person company to get together in the physical world, too.

"We try to get the whole team together face to face at least twice a year to fill the gaps that digital can't," Kline says. "Having a beer together over a Google Hangout just isn't quite the same."

On the other hand, if most employees work from the office, telecommuters should make a point of scheduling an on-site meeting periodically, says Shilonda Downing, founder of Virtual Work Team.

"A little face time can go a long way, especially in terms of combating resentment from your co-workers," Downing says. "If you can, offer to come in once a week or even just once a month because it helps to build those co-worker relationships."

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