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Working Women: Performing the Balancing Act? ....Telecommuting

Let’s get started with my tips for performing the working woman’s balancing act without falling flat on your back with Tip #1.

Tip #1 – Telecommute: Allows people who live far from their place of business to work from home for certain work days and be more effective in their position, because they are not doing long commutes. It’s suppose to allow more productive time for the employer and also give flexibility to the employee if they have children.

If you’re like most working women, you’ve probably imagined how wonderful it would be to wake up 1 or 2 days each week and have your morning commute take you from the coffee maker in your kitchen to the computer in your home office instead of down the freeway battling traffic on your trek into your office.

But…you probably assume your boss would never go for it. Or, if your boss made an exception for you to telecommute a couple of days a week, then he or she would have to do the same for everybody else in your office, right?

But, you may be wrong!

Surprised? Don’t be. Studies show the majority of bosses are actually very supportive and encouraging of telecommuting.

Why?

Well, because bosses are learning that employees who are allowed the kind of flexibility telecommuting offers them end up being happier employees, performing better in their jobs, and stay in their positions longer.

Sounds like a win – win, doesn’t it?


Let’s wrap up our look at how working women can get their bosses on board with telecommuting and perform the working woman’s balancing act.

So, you may be asking how you should go about getting your boss to let you give telecommuting a try.

Well, the best way to get your boss to go along with letting you give telecommuting a try is to sell the idea to them. By that, I mean show your boss exactly how both you and they will benefit from you telecommuting a day or two every week.

You can also try suggesting to your boss that they allow you to give telecommuting a try on a trial basis. Agree to try it for a month or two, and then meet again to reevaluate how telecommuting is working for you and for your boss.

Keep in mind, if you do decide to give telecommuting a try, it’s very important that you make yourself available from home for conference calls, e-mails, and other normal, everyday work expectations. If your boss expects to be able to conference with you on projects, or e-mail you about tomorrow’s big meeting, and he or she can’t seem to reach you or get any response from you while your telecommuting from home, they may not be encouraged to let you continue telecommuting, or they may think you’re abusing the privilege because you are less valuable, not more.

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