While some might say that telecommuting is the absolute worst, there are plenty of employees (and employers) who love it. Not everything wonderful about working from home involves your pajamas, but let's start there, shall we?
While telecommuting might be a great cost savings for companies who want to save on real estate and utilities by making you effectively pay for them at your house, it's not perfect. As much as it pains me to say it, here are some downsides to the working-from-home scenario.
Seventy-six percent of 2,600 people polled in a recent FlexJobs survey chose anywhere but the office during work hours as the ideal place to get "important work done." According to the company's 4th Annual Super Survey, which asked respondents to choose "their location of choice to be most productive on important work-related projects," 50 percent chose their home, and 12 percent chose an alternate location such as a coffee shop, library, or co-working space.
Many people dream about escaping the drudgery of office life and working from home, but the truth is, remote work has its own kind of drudgery – and some serious challenges. The key to success is understanding and dealing with some of the most common distractions you'll face when working remotely. Here's how to get started.
Most employees would do anything and everything to be granted the opportunity to work from home, even occasionally. The idea of working in pajamas, not having to sit in traffic, and not dealing with pesky co-workers are just a few of the majestic wonders that make not going into the office so desirable. If you pay attention, you might even learn a few surprising insights into your own goals and motivations.
Women accounted for just 16.5 percent of law partners in 2013, despite the fact that they graduated from law school in equal numbers during the previous decade. Being a law partner inducts you into a high-pressure system with long hours and limited flexibility. It's the kind of job that practically requires a stay-at-home spouse in order to keep any kind of a personal life running smoothly. But, that arrangement isn't available to everyone. Some ambitious lawyers are left wondering how they can do both – that is, be a lawyer and have a life, and maybe even a family. At the Geller Law Group, an all-woman firm, it just might be possible.
If you’ve recently made the transition to working from home (or are considering it), you may find that one of the biggest challenges is staying productive. It’s easy to get distracted in your own space. The TV is just right there with an entire season of Say Yes to the Dress you haven’t yet binged-watched, as is the novel you’re currently devouring. When distractions start eating up your working hours, it’s time to take yourself in hand and change how you do things.
Flexible work arrangements have made returning to work a viable option for mothers who want to continue their careers, post-baby. Here are some tips for working moms to negotiate their way to flex-schedule freedom and, hopefully, get closer to achieving work-life balance.
Imagine being able to roll out of bed each morning, slip into your bathrobe, and take a leisurely stroll down the hallway of your home, with coffee in hand, to your office? When most people think of working from home, this is what they imagine. Yet, the reality is all together something else. In this article, we’ll take a deeper look at the work from home lifestyle from a real person who has accomplished this for eight years.
Working from home as a freelancer can go one of two ways -- you find yourself wasting hours in front of the TV, running errands or other distractions that take over your productivity, or you find that you are more productive than ever. More likely than not, you'll have to go through the first option to get to the latter. If you are a freelancer who works from home, here are a few tips to make your days as productive as possible.