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How to Manage Your Staff Regarding Snow Days

snowmanIf you feel like a little kid when it’s a snow day, raise your hand!

Sure, you can probably work from home, avoid a treacherous commute and enjoy the comfort of your couch. Can you deflect agita though from a boss who may think you and the team are taking advantage?

When it comes to managing snow days, it becomes a completely different story. Imagine leading a team who wants to bail every time meteorologists predict snow. According to today’s New York Post, there are ways to handle the situation so it doesn’t get out of hand.

The key is first ensuring your safety is not at risk and also making sure your kids will be adequately supervised if their schools are closed.  Read more

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How Adopting A Uniform Could Help Your Freelance Career

MinimalismFreelancers who work from home understand the need to minimize better than most. When you’re constantly surrounded by your own junk, the endless distractions can become paralyzing and your work may suffer as a result.

So how can freelancers create a minimalist lifestyle? One of the easiest things to do is to adopt a daily uniform. In the latest Mediabistro feature, one freelancer shares her story about how simplifying her life helped her writing:

I love a comfortable, practical pajama as much as the next freelancer, but I’ve found that having a set uniform has two powerful results: First, I don’t waste any time deciding what to wear. I grab one of two black shirts, and one of my two pairs of pants. I don’t have to rifle through hanger after hanger in my closet, because I’ve whittled down my wardrobe to about 20 items — shoes included, gender stereotypes be damned. And because I wear my uniform during work hours, I get the satisfaction of changing into my beloved sweatpants at the end of the day. The other result of my simplified wardrobe is that I take myself seriously. If those in offices are told to dress for the job they’re striving to have, where does that leave freelancers?

For more on how this writer simplified mind and matter, read: The Minimalist Freelance Life.

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Five Reasons to Delete Cubicles & Build the Case for Telecommuting

work from homeWhen we read this piece on Forbes, we nodded in agreement.

After all, what could be more comfortable and enticing than working from your home? No commute, no fluorescent lighting, no office distractions.

When it comes to deleting cubicles and working from home, there are a few compelling reasons.

1. A more attractive workplace. In the piece, Chess Media Group conducted a study and realized that 90 percent of workers felt an organization offering flexible work arrangements is more enticing than an organization that doesn’t offer this environment. It seems for companies to be competitive with attracting and keeping talent (ahem, you), they should at least provide the option. 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

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.