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As someone who has worked from home for years, I am often asked about this subject.
One misconception that many have when working at home for Corporate America is that you will be able to have your kids at home all the time. This is not an absolute statement. In the years that I worked at home, my kids were in child care so that I could get my work done. The exception were the few days a year that either the daycare was closed or if a child was sick. Which if I was working in the office, I would of had to take a day off from my job.
What working from home DID provide me was an extra few hours with my kids each day. Even though they were in child care, I didn’t have to spend an hour getting myself ready to go into the office – allowing me to spend time with my kids. The commute was so much shorter to the daycare than my office and then daycare. Being able to throw dinner in the crock pot at lunch, saved me an hour of prep time. These hours add up. And those hours were what kept me in peace with family life work balance.
If you are looking for a job in Corporate America working from home – good news! The stats are in your favor as far as companies being open to this option.
These stats are from a survey of senior leaders and hiring managers of Fortune 500 companies with at least 5,000 employees.
56% Believe virtual work will steadily or greatly increase at their company.
61% Believe their companies will let more people telecommute over the next three years.
60% of office-based employees use virtual teaming technologies daily.
53% of CFOs in the USA plan to increase telecommuting and teleconferencing at their companies.
76% of CFOs in Asia plan to increase telecommuting and teleconferencing at their companies.
56% of decision makers believe that working remotely makes employees more productive.
75% of decision makers believe working remotely is now more widely accepted.
68% of end users believe working remotely is now more widely accepted.
57% of businesses reported allowing employees to keep flexible hours.
62% of businesses reported to having employees who work remotely either full-time or part-time.
26.2 Million teleworkers in the United States in 2010.
Stats and info graphic provided by getworksimple.com
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