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This is Why You May Not Be Able To Work From Home

Stressed, worn out, tired and frustrated, if that’s how you would describe your journey to you JOB today and you’re reading this post in a crowded office, inside a tiny windowless cubicle, surrounded by irritating sounds and voices just dreading the commute home, you’re not alonerat race

Even though advances in technology allow many to work in telecommute capacities from remote locations, there are still many in the situation described above. In fact, the majority in the workforce today are still stuck in that kind of work environment. So the next question you may be asking is why?

Why are so many still wasting what could be productive hours stuck commuting in rush hour traffic?  Why do they have to waste money on gas and put needless wear and tear on their vehicles, pay huge tolls or get squashed and crammed into seats on mass transit and pay fare increases at every turn?

National statistics show that remote workers are more productive, take fewer sick days and have a more pleasing and quieter work environment than those still stuck in the corporate rat race.

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Many business owners predict that by 2022 more than 50% of their now office based employees will be working in a telecommute capacity out of their home office. Many think that 20 years from now commuting will be a thing of the past.

However, if you are still reading in that tiny, cramped cubicle, you may be wondering if the dream of working from your home office will ever be a reality for you. Why are some employers holding back from this concept?

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No trust, sad but true, most employers do not trust their employees. While most would never admit it, that is why they will not embrace the remote work lifestyle. Some managers like the power they feel running their little empire where they can see their worker bees right in front of them. Employees out of sight for these managers means a lack of control. In reality it is due to their incompetent management skills and lack of knowledge about how to manage a remote workforce.

This fear of not being in control is worse at smaller companies.  Even though they have a more intimate and friendly relationship with their employees they feel if they are trekking in to work so should the office staff.

The lack of trust transfers over to the employees because almost half believe their performance is based on how much time they spend in the office and not what they are ultimately delivering. They worry if they are not in the main cubicle maze filled arena they will be forgotten and lose the chance to promote in the company.  They have a need to be seen and feel working in a remote location would not show their level of commitment to their employer.

Many employees would accept a pay cut for the option of working from a home office. Nearly 1/3 of corporate employees would accept a pay cut or decrease in vacation time if they had the ability to work from home.  However, many do not want to telecommute exclusively because that makes them feel socially isolated. They crave contact with co workers and sometimes feel that family interruptions could affect their performance negatively.

Working remotely like anything else is not a perfect fit for everyone.  Not all jobs can be done from home either. Correction officers, doctors, nurses, janitorial staff, landscapers, cab drivers, bus drivers, train engineers, plumbers, electricians and domestic help, etc will usually not have a telecommute option.

Then there is the face to face aspect that some managers feel is imperative for their business.  Sure there are virtual offices  Skype, slack and other technology to facilitate team work and one on one meetings, but sometimes there is a need for  physical interaction that’s missing from the virtual world.

Depending on the kind of technology needed the cost could be a large part of why some small companies cannot embrace the telecommuting culture. However some small companies realize big savings with remote workers and can reduce their overhead costs considerably.

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I have been working remotely for almost a decade and I love it.  I cannot imagine going back to the corporate rat race.  I utilize technology that allows me interaction and conversation with coworkers and partners, ability to meet with clients all from the comfort of my home office.

If you are looking for a remote career, contact us today for more information on how we can help you find that ideal working environment and help you achieve a better work/life balance.

Balancing Kids and Your Career

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I’m a mom who has the ability to work from home and I really feel blessed that I can.  I’m able to do so much more for my family and kids then when I worked a corporate job with a commute and having to spend the entire workday in my office.  However no one said working from home does not have challenges because it certainly does.

Balancing a career and kids is challenging and it doesn’t matter if they are home or in school, you will feel yourself up on that tightrope a lot.  Here are some ways you can make things easier:

Don’t accept the guilt–Studies show children with working moms grow up well-adjusted and they are on average higher academic achievers and less likely to suffer from depression and anxiety later in life compared to peers who had moms that did not work.

Have a Plan–If you are just going back to work whether from home or out in the corporate world, you need to have plans in place for child care, after school activities, back up plans for snow days and sick days and a support person you can call for any of the unplanned situations that occur with kids.

Have a Flexible Workplace-This is why I love working from home and being able to create my own hours to work around things that I need to do.  I can volunteer at my children’s school, go on field trips, take time off when I want or need to and that gives me such peace of mind.  I think it is what makes all of what I do possible.

Make sure your children get enough sleep-Getting enough rest is important for children, too. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children between the ages of 1 and 10 get between 10 and 13 hours of sleep each night. In addition, evidence suggests that young children who get less than 7.5 hours of sleep at night are at increased risk for being overweight and experiencing anxiety, depression and learning problems as adolescents.

Lose your expectations or at least adjust them-If something is not working change it and understand that there is no perfection and you don’t have to be perfect.  Learn to roll with it and you will be a lot happier.  Understand things usually end up working for the best even when they are not going how you intended.

Schedule in family fun time– Make sure to schedule time for fun and family events and don’t let anything make you miss them.  The break is good for everyone and you will all be a lot happier.

Kick Perfection to the curb-Don’t hold yourself to perfection or feel you need to be perfect because you are just going to be miserable trying to keep up with that agenda.  Instead cut yourself slack and know that your best is good enough and life comes in stages so what may be a hurdle now with your kids and your career will pass and other hurdles will come but you will be constantly growing and evolving and things have a way of falling into place even if they are not perfect.  Good enough is okay!

If you are looking for a more flexible career, something that will allow you the ability to work from a home office while earning a corporate level income, we can help.  Contact us today to learn about career options that will have you less stressed and spending more time with your family.

Winter Blues Got You Down? Telecommuting Is A Viable Option For Moms!!!

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Most of the country is buried under mountains of snow, experiencing severe, bone chilling temperature blasts and dealing with kids who are home from school more than they are in.  Many school districts have used up their snow days and parents who work outside the home are scrambling to find care options for their children so they can go into work.

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Wouldn’t it be nice if your commute was just down the hall?  That you wouldn’t  be in a frenzy trying to find alternate care for your child if school was cancelled?  Most of all, how would you like to not have to travel on those snow, ice-covered road ways and Arctic temperatures?

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If you think it sounds great but don’t know where to begin to find something like that, we can help.  Moms 4 The Win specializes in helping moms find career opportunities where they can telecommute right from their home office via virtual offices and conference lines.

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We also know moms need and want flexible schedules and time off to stay engaged and attend activities with their families.  This is not possible in conventional jobs that would not allow mom to just scurry off at 1pm to see Junior in his school play or take Sally to the dentist at 3pm.  We are focused on making the ability to do such things a priority and feel that moms that have the flexibility they need will have a better balance in their lives.

If you are suffering from a case of  the winter blahs and know you need a change, contact us via our contact form and we will get back to you right away with available options that can put that balance back in your life.

Wouldn’t it be nice to head into spring with a new outlook on life because you have the career you dreamed of?  Make that vision reality today and contact us to put the wheels in motion.

Giving Thanks For The Ability To Telecommute & Work From Home!!!

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Well, we are in the season of Thanksgiving.  It really has me thinking of how lucky I am to have the ability to work from my home office and build my career without a costly commute, daycare expenses, missing my children’s milestones or activities plus the freedom to work flexible hours.  I really can’t stand driving in snow and ice and when I was working in my corporate career, I had to do that.

I cannot tell you how many white knuckle rides there were to and from the office and just how many close calls.  In fact, I had a very bad accident in 2003 where I was lucky I survived.  It was a double roll over in an SUV on my way to work in the morning that was caused when my SUV hydroplaned in extreme rain conditions.  I was trapped upside down in my car and it was one of the scariest times of my life.

So I will say a Happy Thanksgiving to you all this holiday season and you can know that I will be giving thanks for the ability to commute to my coffeemaker in the morning and then to my desk.

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If you would like to explore more about the possibility of working from home and have a real career, contact us and we would love to explore the options with you.  I can safely say you won’t regret it!!!