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Why You Should Be Working From Home Today

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If you decide you’d like to try working from home, you know the usual advice: schedule a meeting with your supervisor, and ask to try it one day a week.


But which day?


For most people, the default answer is “Friday,” which makes sense. Your manager knows that Friday is less productive than, say, Tuesday. People schedule fewer meetings. Therefore, it’s less of a risk.


But there are reasons not to automatically ask for Friday. First, asking for any specific day negates much of the magic of working from home. What if Thursday has fewer meetings this week? What if you really need to crank something out on Tuesday for a Wednesday deadline, and your office has way too many distractions? Rather than negotiating for any specific day, getting permission to work from home when you need to is a much better benefit.

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Prolonging the weekend with a work-from-home day is tempting, but Wednesday is actually the best day to work from home.

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9 Things Successful People Do When Working From Home

9 Things Successful People Do When Working From Home | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

A new study says I have good company in that kind of work flexibility, and not just among entrepreneurs and those who work for themselves. Nearly one-third of full-time employees do most of their work in homes, coffee shops, and other remote places, according to the Flex+Strategy Group report.


After extensive study, here are the best ways I've learned to make this arrangement work. (If you have other suggestions, let me know in the comments below or drop me a line.)

1. Reclaim your commuting time.

Commuting sucks, and one big advantage of working from home is that you no longer have to deal with it regularly. But it's crucial to reclaim the time you used to devote to travel for something productive. For example, maybe use the first 30 minutes of your day to answer emails you didn't get to the day before and the last half hour to set long-term strategic goals and specific objectives for the next day.

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's insight:

Working from home can be fantastic, or it can be fraught with peril. Here's how to make it work better for you.

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With Flextime, Bosses Prefer Early Birds to Night Owls

With Flextime, Bosses Prefer Early Birds to Night Owls | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Flextime programs have never been more popular than they are today. Google allows many employees to set their own hours. At Microsoft, many employees can choose when to start their day, as long as it’s between 9am and 11am. At the “Big Four” auditing firm KPMG, some 70 percent of employees work flexible hours.

 

Employees love these programs because they help them avoid compromises between home and at work. Yes, there are often boundaries within which a work day must begin and end, and at least some chunk of core hours that remain common across employees. But within those constraints, workers can schedule their office hours around the various other demands on their time, giving them greater control over their lives and allowing them to accomplish more. And because employees love the programs, companies have learned to love them, too. 


Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's insight:

Even though they work the same number of hours. Research shows that in general, flexible work practices lead to increased productivity, higher job satisfaction, and decreased turnover intentions.

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Lee Werrell's curator insight, May 16, 5:22 AM

Flexitime is a great opportunity for people to fit work and play into their day, but many don't look at it from their bosses point of view - now they can see what bosses think.

Jean-Guy Frenette's curator insight, May 16, 10:59 PM

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How To Succeed At Working From Home

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Three of the biggest benefits of working from home are its flexibility, financial savings and health advantages, Hanna says. Many parents enjoy working from home because it allows them to schedule their day around their family, which allows for better work-life balance and more quality time with their loved ones. Plus, there are the added bonuses of saving money on things like transportation, dry cleaning costs, lunches eaten out and child care costs.


ITo be an effective work at home individual, you need to have excellent critical thinking, organisational and communication skills, along with being able to block out distractions.

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