Remote Workforce

I haven’t posted in a couple of weeks, unfortunately have been under the weather.  Well, I’ve been flat out sick actually and it hasn’t been fun at all.

What it did make me very thankful for though was having my ability to work from home.  Even while I was down-and-out I was still able to be productive (as much as possible) and keep up with email and my to-do list.

To me, this shows the importance of having some flexibility.  I know that there are companies who prefer you to be in the office but when something comes up, a family conflict or an illness, you are still able to be online and getting things done.

Because of the economy, I think that many organizations are making this flexibility a bit more difficult at times.  For some organizations, it has never been a part of their culture so change is slow.  For other companies, it is just a part of business and they have employees working remotely daily.

Whatever the situation, having this work-life balance and flexibility is critical for companies in order to attract and retain talent.  I am not suggesting that it is offered on day 1 but as you prove yourself and become acclimated within your group, this may become a viable option to keep satisfaction higher and even productivity.

There isn’t the tendency to watch the clock, or leave work until tomorrow.  Working remote often means you have an increase in productivity and work longer.  I find myself checking email when I wake up all the way through when I am ready for bed.

Some companies have it and some don’t, but this really is one of those benefits that may help while negotiating with your new hires.

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About kufarms
10 years in HR and recruiting both in the corporate and agency worlds. Corporate Recruiter and Socail Media Strategist. Looking to share and discuss topics as well as hopefully provide some thought. Dad of 2 with a loving wife.

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