Are you tired of a long, daily commute?
Does one quarter of your paycheck go toward gas, parking, and toll fees?
It’s time to start taking a look at all of your options if you’re beginning to feel the “remote work” itch. According to Global Workplace Analytics, “80% to 90% of the US workforce says they would like to telework at least part time. Two to three days a week seems to be the sweet spot that allows for a balance of concentrative work (at home) and collaborative work (at the office).”
More and more companies are offering part-time and full-time work at home, which typically includes a computer or laptop and company vehicle. With the rise of environmental awareness, wireless technology and higher costs to operate a business this has become a more sensible option for many small and large businesses.
A recent Gallup survey shows the top industries who are hiring remote workers:
This telecommuting trend is expected to continue to rise, especially as more millennials dominate the workforce. But it’s a process to work your way into in your home office, and not all industries may be able to accommodate this such as hospital workers, medical offices, daycare workers, ect.
It’s important to consider all of your options first before making a plan to set up shop at home. After taking a look at the specific industry that you are currently working in here are a few suggestions on how to get started from Inc. Magazine:
If you are at the office full-time then consider starting out with just one or two days a week at home. This can be particularly tricky if this is something new for employees at your company. I’ve experienced this personally where some had come to resent my Wednesday day at home doing graphic design work back in the 90s. Test the environment out first and be transparent with those around you. It always helps to have a good rapport with your fellow employees and boss(s) first before taking this step.
Show how things will work at home
Doing a great job at your current office is a good start — the next step is to clearly show your supervisor that by working from home you can improve on what you have already provided. Detail how this can streamline their process as well as save the company money. For example, because you are not commuting you could get a head start on the day and meet more deadlines, thus becoming more productive. The most important point here is to be effective and reliable.
Keep records of everything
Create an online spreadsheet like in Google Dropbox to maintain a detailed record of your activities of the day. This can be shared with management, team members, and even customers, and helps you to establish how your daily progress. This also provides a way to clarify any questions you might have since you are not physically at the location to make inquiries. There are also few project management tools out there like Zoho and Basecamp that can help you work with a large group of employees and clients.
If all else fails don’t give up
Sometimes other employees are not doing their job while working from home — this doesn’t mean that you should have to settle just because your boss is now against the whole telecommuting idea. Are there any other companies who are hiring for the same position that allow that type of flexibility? Or maybe this would be a good time to step out and start your own business after working during your free time or go back to school to add to your education?
Working from home can have its time challenges but in the long run is rewarding, especially for those who are raising a family. Not only are you able to lower your transportation and insurance costs, but you can also get more done as you are spending less time in a long commute.
The key to a successful transition is through a good relationship at your place of employment along with discipline, dedication, strong communication, and reliability that can be proven to your boss and others in the company.
What steps did you take to remote work? Let me know how this worked for you!