Category: Work from home
In a perfect world, we would only take on side jobs because we really wanted to. Unfortunately, wage stagnation means that many workers take on side jobs (or even second full-time positions) in order to make ends meet. Working too many hours is never recommended, but side jobs can have their benefits (assuming you still have some downtime in your schedule). Let's take a look at some of pluses.
FlexJobs, a job listing site specializing in work-from-home, part-time, contract, and other flexible jobs, is itself a virtual company – all of its employees work from home, telecommuting from around the U.S. So it makes sense that FlexJobs would track virtual companies that offer not just flexibility, but potentially full-time work-from-home situations. Each year, the site puts out a list of the top virtual companies for telecommuters. This year's list contains a whopping 125 employers, up from 76 last year, and 26 the year before.
Telecommuting can offer workers more flexibility, a greater feeling of independence, and the ability to work from anywhere in the world. It's not just great for you, the employee, either; it can offer real advantages for your employer, as well. If you're trying to convince your boss to let you work from home now and then, you'll want to focus on the ways that letting you telecommute benefits your team and the company as a whole.
Last year was a big year for would-be telecommuters, according to job search site FlexJobs: from 2014 to 2015, the site found a 36 percent increase in job listings that offered some telecommuting option, either part- or full-time. If you're hoping to make the transition to working from home this year, the company's latest list will be of great interest: 100 Top Companies With Remote Jobs in 2016 ranks the employers that offered the most work-from-home jobs in 2015.
Some jobs lend themselves to flexible arrangements (like telecommuting, part-time, or temporary work) more than others. If you're a medical transcriptionist, a customer service representative, or a graphic designer, you probably already know that your occupation translates well to working from home, for example. But what about jobs that seemingly require a physical presence, whether it's in the classroom or the operating room? Don't be so fast to assume that working from home, on a full- or part-time basis, is out of the question. FlexJobs' latest list, 25 High-Potential Flexible Jobs for 2016, shows that many jobs provide opportunities to earn money while skipping the commute – at least some of the time.
Whether you're a baby boomer, a Gen-Xer, or somewhere in between, you're facing some harsh truths when it comes to the millennial workforce. The fact of the matter is, they're growing up, and no longer the interns loitering around the office. Millennials might even start to be … gasp … your bosses. Here's why that's OK.
Depending on your situation, it could be frustrating or liberating to work with a remote manager. While on the one hand, you don't have her hovering around your desk and sneaking up on you, on the other hand, you do not have easy access to her whenever you need. You're also probably not her first choice when she has a project to assign to her team, just because of the sheer logistics. But, there are a few ways you can have an effective remote reporting relationship.
What makes workers happy, and why do so many of us decide to leave our jobs and start looking elsewhere for employment? There are so many factors that contribute to the overall picture of our job satisfaction, from work-life balance to potential opportunities for advancement. In an effort to understand what makes today's worker tick, Staples surveyed thousands of managers and workers across the U.S. about current workplace trends and culture. The results of that report, the Staples Advantage Workplace Index, reveal a great deal about work-life balance, productivity, and so much more. Let's take a look at the key findings.
It's one of the most common questions in the comments on any post related to working at home (and even some that aren't): "How can I find a real work-at-home job?" The key to the question is the word "real." While there are plenty of shady people out there on the internet willing to promise you thousands of dollars a month for stuffing envelopes or doing vague, unspecified work on your laptop, genuine work-at-home opportunities are a bit more scarce. The good news is that if you know what you're looking for, you can absolutely find good jobs that you can do entirely or mostly from home.
The words "workplace" and "office" don't conjure up simple imagery quite the way they used to. Some people work for startups that grow and change faster than employees can adjust. Other folks are freelancers or work from home for their companies. Still others are working full-time while also pursuing degrees, and trying to find a way to make it all work. No matter the case, the office life of today is very different than it used to be. And, no matter which work situation you find yourself in, that particular environment has its benefits and its drawbacks. Let's take a closer look at a few of the nontraditional employment situations available to today's workers. There may be more to these arrangements than meets the eye.
American opinions toward family and work are changing. Mothers are choosing to lean in, men are taking time off to rear their children, and some workers are choosing not to have kids at all. So why do we talk about work-life balance mostly in the context of raising a family and maintaining a career?
Want to work from home? You're in luck. Telecommuting has increased 103 percent over the past 10 years, according to a Global Workplace Analytics analysis of U.S. Census data, and that's not counting self-employed workers. Last year, telecommuting grew by 6.5 percent. In fact, 3.7 million employees (2.5 percent of the workforce) currently work from home part-time or more. If you want to work from home every day, however, where you live might make a difference. FlexJobs recently revisited the Census Bureau's American Community Survey data to determine which states have the most full-time telecommuters.