Telecommuting followup: It works for this Portland-area mom and the small business that employs her
Mar 14, 2013 (The Oregonian - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
Our recent post here about telecommuting -- a survey showed most companies don't have a problem with it -- prompted this response from an east Multnomah County resident:
"I have been working from home for 13 years with the same small, event marketing firm. I have never met any of the 20 people that work for the company! This part time career has allowed me the flexibility to be available to my 3 kids & husband and to volunteer weekly in my community. Because of this flexibility, I feel I am a more balanced, happy person therefore allowing me to put my full focus and positive energy on whatever project is in front of me at any given moment.
"Another benefit is that I am able to work while I am sick and while my kids are home sick, and I can work when there is a foot of snow outside, allowing me, and the company, to make money.
"My family has saved a ton of money by not having to pay for child care, gasoline, work attire, lunches out or car maintenance. Telecommuting definitely requires focus, commitment and great organizational skills and may not be for every one but I hope that companies such as Best Buy and Yahoo do consider the benefits of being able to offer these options to their employees."
The survey by Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc. showed 80 percent of 120 human resources executives polled said their companies currently offer some form of telecommuting option to employees. What's more, 97 percent have no plan to eliminate that benefit.
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