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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.

Summer Survival Tips For The Work At Home Mom!

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Being a work at home mom has its challenges.  It has great rewards though and so those challenges are often easier to take than in another type of workplace.  One challenge is when your school age kids are off for summer break.  This will impact moms of only school age kids very significantly.  They are used to their children being in school and having many hours to work uninterrupted.

Now the kids are home and there can be conflicts.  The first would include summer activities, perhaps your child is in swim lessons or other activities that require you to drive them and pick them up during the times you normally devote to work.  Or maybe your home seems like it has been equipped with a revolving door that is bursting at the seams with your children’s friends and demands for snacks, lunches, cold drinks and supervision.  There are many other scenarios but I think you get the picture.  So what is the solution?  First and foremost, you need to know it can be done.  Have the faith that you can do this, it will take some careful planning and sacrifice but you and your kids can have a great summer break and still have your career when school starts again in September.

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Here are some helpful tips:

  • Try and use carpool solutions with other moms to shuttle your kids to and from their summer activities.  
  • Hire a mother’s helper for the summer to help you out.
  • Have easy snacks ready for your kids by making them the night before.  That way they are able to quickly refuel with healthy food.
  • Plan your family time and make sure to enjoy these days with your kids and take quality time to enjoy the season.  This will leave you all with great memories and feeling less stressed.
  • Plan a quiet, fun activity for your older kids they can do easily while you need to take a conference call or something similar.
  • For a break for you and the kids, go burn off some energy by taking a bike ride, going for a swim, taking a long walk or hike.  You will all feel better.
  • If you are able to work while your kids are at activities then do it.  If you have emails to send try to find a wi-fi or hotspot connection to catch up on that while you are waiting for them.  
  • Most of all breathe and take some time to enjoy summer activities with your kids.  Have a great summer!!!

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