Managing people is hard enough when you work with them, face to face. Throw in the potential technical glitches and accountability issues of dealing with reports who work from home, and your job gets that much harder.
It's cold today in many parts of the country, really cold -- from 4 degrees early this morning in Nashville to a whopping negative 32 degrees in Fargo, North Dakota. If you live in one of these super-chilly areas, and have a job that relies on an internet connection, you probably have the option to work from home today. Before you while away the day, half-working while watching Netflix and drinking cocoa, consider this: the Polar Vortex might have given you your best chance at setting up a permanent work-from-home arrangement.
At least 20 million Americans work from home once a week or more, and during the holiday season, anyone with WAH privileges will be using them, whether it's to make up for the lack of vacation days or to multitask holiday prep while getting stuff done. But what what about folks who want to say that they're working at home -- but be lazy instead?
Working at home can either be the solution to all your work-life balance woes -- or the beginning of the end of your productivity. Here's how to put the "work" back in the WAH.
Time was, you had to be a graphic designer, a consultant or a freelance copywriter if you wanted to ditch your cubicle and make money in your pajamas. But jobs using your computer …