Filed to: WORKING FROM HOME
A few months ago, I was interviewing someone for a story when I heard a knock at my door. It was my apartment’s maintenance crew, a day late to install something. Before I could pause the interview, the knocking turned into loud banging, and it didn’t take long before my interview subject asked, “are you okay over there?”
Such are the perils of working from home. It’s a tough thing to complain about, but remote working isn’t without its drawbacks. And one of them is the fuzzy boundary between your home and work life. Especially when I first started working remotely, no one seemed to understand that working from home meant I was, you know, working. So I decided it was time to really set some boundaries.
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After Lindsay Wilcox gave birth to twins , she returned to her role as a public relations specialist full-time, but her manager allowed her to split her time by working in the office three days a week and the other two from home .
This flexibility meant Wilcox could save money on daycare costs and continue her position at CHG Healthcare Services, a Salt Lake City healthcare staffing firm.
“Having the flexibility to work in the office just three days a week gives me better work and life balance and helps me focus on key tasks,” she said. “I get the best of both worlds: the camaraderie of my coworkers in the office and the relative quiet of my home while I spend more time with my children.”
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The debates around open vs. closed office spaces are continuing to heat up and I still think these debates are absolutely pointless. As I’ve said many times, the debate shouldn’t be around cubicle or open space–it should instead be all about workplace flexibility. That is giving the employees the option to work how they want to work and not how your organization tells them they should work. A part of this workplace flexibility includes telework, that is working from places other than the office. Dell, Aetna and Xerox are among some of the most forwarding thinking and progressive companies when it comes to offering telecommuting options.
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I’ve just read an interesting article in Forbes that looks at the challenges of remote working. And absolutely there are challenges. But what about the opportunities that this remove working can forge. Providing we manage it well.
To Raise Productivity, Let More Employees Work from Home
by Nicholas Bloom
The study: Nicholas Bloom and graduate student James Liang, who is also a cofounder of the Chinese travel website Ctrip, gave the staff at Ctrip’s call center the opportunity to volunteer to work from home for nine months. Half the volunteers were allowed to telecommute; the rest remained in the office as a control group. Survey responses and performance data collected at the conclusion of the study revealed that, in comparison with the employees who came into the office, the at-home workers were not only happier and less likely to quit but also more productive.
January 13, 2014 10:44 AM Eastern Standard Time
MIRAMAR, Fla.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Arise Virtual Solutions Inc., the leading global provider of outsourced, work-from-home customer service, now has 6,500 work opportunities for those who reside in Arizona, North Carolina, Texas, Michigan or Virginia. Arise provides great opportunities for stay-at-home moms, veterans, college students, and retirees or anyone who is interested in earning income for the comfort of their home.
3 Strategies To Get Promoted When You Work From Home - Out of sight doesn’t have to mean out of mind
By Alison Griswold
Working from home is a double-edged sword that may be good for work-life balance but can be bad for your wallet, according to a recent article in the New York Times.
A study cited by the Times found that employees who worked from home were 13% more productive than those in offices, but half as likely to be promoted. Though the roughly 250 home-based workers in the study were considered to be happier overall, 50% eventually asked to return to an office setting, citing loneliness and lack of career advancement.
Cali Williams Yost, founder and CEO of the Flex+Strategy Group, a workplace consulting firm, offers a few strategies remote workers can use to get the advancement they’re looking for:
The FTC is becoming more involved in the governance around work at home scams. Starting March 1, 2012 there will be new requirements…see below
The rapid spike in energy prices has led politicians, urban theorists and pundits to pontificate about how Americans will be living and working in new ways. A favorite story line is that Americans will start trading in their suburban homes, move back to the city centers and opt to change everything they have wanted for a half-century—- from big backyards to quiet streets to privacy—- to live a more carbon-lite urban lifestyle.
The IRS recently published a great small business video…..great from work at home businesses.
Remember when the “experts” said that most Americans would telecommute from home offices to work every day?
Hasn’t happened, although ever-evolving technology has made the notion more viable. Think laptops, netbooks, printers, smartphones and tablets, networked through a wireless router to a high-speed Internet connection.
Working from home in the Bay is increasing in popularity as some of the Fortune 500 Companies move to telecommuting policies.
Olympic effort to Work From Home
Thousands of civil servants are to be allowed to work from home during the Olympics, The Daily Telegraph can disclose.
UK’s transport minister says ‘it is crazy these days for people to go to work when work can come to people’..or work from home.
By DANNY KING Posted 10:00 AM 03/25/11
If you’re a recent college graduate or young adult looking to save a few bucks on rent by moving back home for a little while, you may want to think again, because there’s a pretty good chance your parents are getting ready to convert your old room into a home office.
Forbes: March 14, 2011
By Maureen Farrell
Niel Robertson, CEO of Trada is quoted..“Robertson also see his company as an economic recovery program. The whole concept of ‘Can I get a job or not?’ will be a moot in ten years because everyone will be able to do something from the cloud.”
The Singapore Government is financially supporting home based work for women.
The Telework Enhancement Act of 2010, which was signed into law by President Obama on December 9, 2010, requires federal agencies to provide support for telecommuting employees by establishing a telework policy, notifying eligible employees to telecommute under the policy and providing a telework training program and a website devoted to federal teleworking.
By Sue Shellenbarger
A new study on telecommuting confirms what many employees already know: The office can be a bad place to work.
Article by Michele McDonough
Telecommuting has numerous advantages, both economic and environmental. While some of these advantages can be tough to quantify, it only takes a little number crunching to come up with some figures on how much can be saved simply by eliminating that daily drive to work.
By Ben Rooney, staff reporter March 1, 2011: 2:07 PM ET
NEW YORK (CNNMoney)—Fresh off a 27-cent jump last month, gas prices were up slightly in a daily survey by motorist group AAA, as the price of crude oil backed off recent highs.
New Mexico Business Weekly
Date: Thursday, February 17, 2011, 10:30am MST
Citibank has announced plans to shut down its Albuquerque call center. The move will affect hundreds of employees, and approximately 50 employees will be laid off, according to KOB.com.
By Ed O’Keefe
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, October 7, 2010; 10:08 PM
The Obama administration is such a strong supporter of allowing federal employees to work from home that it even allowed a government official to be sworn in via telephone. Because of the snowstorms earlier this year, Martha Johnson had no choice.
“I was sworn in from my kitchen, because we couldn’t get out of the snow and get to Washington to do it that way,” Johnson, head of the General Services Administration, said Thursday.
She and her husband had been shoveling snow in the driveway of their Annapolis home when she got the call, Johnson said Thursday at the Telework Exchange Town Hall Meeting in Washington.
by Allen Smith
More mandates for flexible work arrangements are likely to take effect in the United Kingdom and Australia in coming years, according to Tahl Tyson, senior corporate counsel of global labor and employment law with Expedia Inc., speaking Oct. 24, 2008, at Littler Mendelson’s Executive Employer Global Forum in Washington, D.C.
The United Kingdom is expected to extend the right to request flexible work arrangements to parents with children under 16, effective April 2009.
And as of Jan. 1, 2010, new employment standards in Australia will provide parents, including same-sex parents, with the right to request flexible work arrangements.
June 16, 2010
By Dave Johnson
It’s no great surprise that telecommuting can improve your work-life balance. After all, that’s kind of the point to telecommuting to begin with. You travel less, get to work in your slippers, and you’re around to care for the kids and run mundane errands. What you might not expect, though, is that telecommuting does all that while managing to get the equivalent of 2 additional days of work out of those who take part.