Balancing act: Greg Kratz: Survey shows parents crave flexibility in pursuit of work-life balance

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  • TransparentBusiness Los Angeles, CA
    Feb. 13, 2013 12:30 p.m.

    As technological advances make it possible for more work to be done from home, the demand for flexible positions rises also. With access to company servers, cloud computing, electronic file sharing, and teleconferencing, virtually anyone who conducts business over the internet or phone can work from the comfort of his or her home without missing a beat at work.

    Telecommuting arrangements don't just benefit remote workers. Studies show that for every dollar a company spends on setting up a work from home system, they receive $3.5 in cost savings and increased productivity. Even so, as Johnny Triumph points out, it can take many months or years to forge the type of trust with an employer that inspires telework arrangements. Even then, for most companies, work from home is not a systematic approach but rather functions as an incentive-program that is decided case by case.

    The application creates transparency among remote workers, streamlines the management of telecommuters, and promotes an instant culture of trust and accountability. Greater flexibility also improves employee morale and increases productivity, creating a win/win situation for both employers and their remote employees.

  • Sqweebie Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 8, 2013 1:30 p.m.

    there are jobs with flexible hours out there but the flexibility of those hours fall in favor of the employer not the employee. As someone who would need flexible hours I need to be picky about where I work including the days and hours that I work. I know I should start my own business to get what I need.

  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    Jan. 7, 2013 4:20 p.m.

    Flexibility is worth a lot. I can come and go as I need to. But it's taken years here to build up to that level of trust, that my employer trusts that, even though I might not be in the office, I'll get my work done. Too often people decide that salary is the main driver for employment but flexibility should be a major consideration.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Jan. 7, 2013 11:04 a.m.

    I can tell you - I work at a company that has a good work-life program, and it is really hard to shake. While I could make much more somewhere else, giving up the freedom\benefits would be really hard to do.