Follow our new CNA LIFESTYLE page on Facebook for more trending stories and videosSINGAPORE: Hands up, if you have fantasised about working from the couch at home or breaking free from the stifling nine-to-five routine. No more waking up at an insanely early hour. No mad rush for the bathroom. And certainly no need to brave the crushing crowd at peak hours on the MRT or bus. Working from home and other formal flexible work arrangements (FWAs) – such as part-time and flexi-time work, staggered hours, job sharing and compressed work weeks – certainly look rosy to employees. And healthier, too. Peak-hour commuting, one of the biggest bugbears for office workers, has been found to increase levels in blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol as well as heightened anxiety and depression risks. Not a good way to start your day.In fact, commuting is such a disliked activity that a 20-minute increase in travelling time is perceived to be as bad for job … [Read more...] about Working from home sounds like a dream come true – but is it really for you?
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Telecommuters used to get a bad rap, seen as folks who lounge by the pool with a trashy magazine and a margarita on a Tuesday afternoon.But technology is making working from home a viable option for many industries. A Gallup poll found almost half of employed Americans, or 43 per cent, spend some time working remotely. “Flexible scheduling and work-from-home opportunities play a major role in an employee’s decision to take or leave a job,” the report said. Today, more than 60 per cent of organizations allow some type of teleworking, compared with a mere 20 per cent just two decades ago.Not everyone is on board with telecommuting or even knows how to define it. Read more: Even in family-friendly Scandinavia, mothers earn much less than fathers … [Read more...] about Working from home comes with own set of challenges for parents
It’s been seven months since I started working from home in Los Angeles full-time. I’m saving thousands of dollars by not paying commuter costs, buying lunch out, or restocking my makeup or wardrobe quite as much – what’s not to love? Well, finding my stride outside of an office setting – much less an energetic, active newsroom – didn’t come as easy as the bump to my savings account. I’m a proud self-starter and a disciplined worker, but I learned quickly that even I could be distracted by the pronounced silence of an empty apartment and the comforts of home. Plus, there’s no overhearing coworkers chatting about lunch plans or stepping out for their 3 p.m. coffee break. The absence of these proverbial time stamps make it easy to lose track of the day. I felt like my productivity was suffering. But after about a month of trial and error, I found one strategy that worked: Changing my scenery. As a remote … [Read more...] about After 7 months of working from home, I discovered a productivity hack that keeps me focused all day
The debate over whether companies should allow their employees to work from home tends to be fairly polarizing. Some executives say encouraging remote work is necessary to keep the best talent around, while others argue that only slackers want to work from home … and who needs them? Business cases can be made on both sides of the issue about how working remotely affects employee retention and engagement and the bottom line. But what do the people who actually do the working from home think? To find out, we asked Business Insider employees and readers with remote work experience their thoughts on the whole practice. Here’s what they had to say: Responses have been edited for clarity. ‘There’s this thing beyond work called ‘life,’ and you have to live it’ I spent about two years as a freelance journalist, and I worked from home for most of that time. I loved the ability to talk to very important sources in my … [Read more...] about The perks and perils of working from home, according to people who actually do it
Scientists have known for a while now that working remotely about two days a week can increase job satisfaction. In fact, a recent survey suggests that the most innovative employees split their time between remote and in-office work. Specifically, they spend only about 80% of their time in an office (which translates to four days a week). But not every company – or every boss – is okay with letting employees telecommute. Obviously, your ability to work remotely depends heavily on your specific role. But if you have reason to believe that your performance would meaningfully improve if only you could periodically escape the office walls, it might be worth making your case to your boss. Ramit Sethi, bestselling author of “I Will Teach You to Be Rich,” recently published a guide to working from home, in which he outlines a strategy for convincing your boss to let you go remote. Specifically, Sethi says you should wait until you’ve … [Read more...] about A simple 4-step technique could be just the trick to get your boss to let you work from home