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New Study Shows Remote Workers Gain Respect From Office Dwelling Peers

videoIf you’re like us working hard for the money from the comfort of your own home (or nearby coffee shop), you’re not alone. And now, according to a new study, you’re getting some respect.

The perception, as you’re probably aware, surrounding working from home means you can take that two-hour lunch break! Afternoon strolls to the nearest museum! Workouts at 10 a.m.!

Alas, if only it could be that simple. In fact, it’s often quite the opposite as there aren’t clear boundaries as to when the day physically begins or ends as it’s 2:51 p.m. and you realize you haven’t go Read more

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New Survey Reveals Flexible Work Arrangements are the Norm, Not the Exception

Although Yahoo!’s decision to cut flexible work arrangements certainly got a lot of press, according to new researchers their policy is the exception. That is, results from a Catalyst survey revealed the majority of companies around the world offer some type of telecommuting option. Furthermore, high potential employees with access to flex time are more likely to aspire to the top of the corporate ladder.

They asked MBA graduates around the world who work full-time in profit and non-profit firms about their experiences and perceptions pertaining to flexible arrangements. Read more

How to Deal With a New Boss & Your Reliable Work From Home Arrangement

Here’s the situation: Let’s just say you were hired under the condition that you were going to be able to work from home. A lot. Each and every day. Whatever the conditions, they were specifically outlined in your offer letter.

You’ve proven yourself, you’ve remain connected with the home office and you’ve been downright productive the past few years. Bam! You’ve been introduced to a new boss.

If the boss wants to end your work from home situation that has been working pretty well up until now, listen up. You may want to start looking for a new job. Read more

New Study Reveals Working From Home Bolsters Happiness & Productivity

This just in…a new study published by Stanford indicates working from home results in a spike of productivity and happiness.

Keep in mind the study was only conducted at one company. The 10-month research study was conducted at CTrip.com, a Shanghai-based company. Researchers compared productivity of employees who worked from home four days a week with workers who performed the same task inside office walls.

As for the end result? People who worked from home were more productive. They answered more calls and worked longer hours mainly because they took shorter breaks. Also, they didn’t use as much sick time as their counterparts did in the office. Home dwellers also reported being happier and fewer quiet. Read more

Working From Home? New Study Shows You May Not Be ‘Working’

Ah, we know it all too well. Working from home may not necessarily equate to working throughout the entire day.

Citrix, a Florida-based company that designs technology for companies to work remotely, conducted a study that shows people who work from home tend to sneak in other activities for their personal lives.

After surveying over 1,000 employees who work in an office, 43 percent watch TV or a movie and 20 percent play video games on days when they “work from home.” And parents are more likely to participate in these activities than workers who aren’t parents.

Among other activities, some even admitted to having a drink! While 24 percent indicated they have a drink, 26 percent take a nap. Other people are tempted by their environment: About 35 percent of respondents do household chores.

Although there certainly are temptations while working from home, one may argue they’re at least productive compared to some distractors at the office like water cooler gossip.

Even if workers haven’t worked remotely at all, according to the survey it appears they’re interested in relinquishing one perk on the job (i.e., lunch breaks or coffee) in order to work from home merely one day a week.

How to Continue With Flexible Work Arrangements After Your Boss Leaves

By good we mean respectful, appreciative, and also flexible when it comes to your work arrangements.

We’ve seen it time and time again: You’ve worked out a fantastic schedule. It’s flexible, the hours and commute are amenable to both you and your employer and most of all, you get your work done.

And then the inevitable happens: The boss who approved the arrangement leaves! Unfortunately, this means your new boss doesn’t necessarily have to give the green light to your current situation. Read more