Remote jobs continue to be on the rise as the number of remote or telecommuting job listings rose 26 percent in 2104, and it’s expected to continue to increase this year.
I have been teleworking for over 7 years for the Federal government. When I first began, it was just for a few days per week. I carried my computer back and forth and planned the work that required I be in the office for the days that I went in. Before cloud computing, there were files or programs that were not accessible from home. Still, on those telecommuting days, I was much more productive than when in the office. No personal visits, interruptions or unplanned ad hoq meetings equaled more productive work time for me.
In “Why Aren’t More Feds Teleworking,” Brittany Ballenstedt states that although close to half of the Federal workforce has been told by a supervisor that they are eligible to telework, they are not doing so. Why is that? Why aren’t more people taking advantage of this great benefit? Continue reading
I began teleworking from home in 2002 one to two days per week. While Federal managers were complaining about the new concept of teleworking and that they couldn’t manage people who weren’t in the office, I could attest to the fact, that for me, productivity increased. At home there were no drop-in visitors with HR questions or people who just wanted to chat. I was able to save work projects that didn’t include face time for the days I was at home. Gradually I moved into only working from home and managed my day with online meetings, teleconferences, shared network files and calendars. I can and do conduct all of my current work virtually.
I think when you are 100% virtual there both are benefits and shortfalls. Continue reading