I can tell you - I work at a company that has a good work-life program, and it
is really hard to shake. While I could make much more somewhere else, giving up
the freedom\benefits would be really hard to do.
Flexibility is worth a lot. I can come and go as I need to. But it's
taken years here to build up to that level of trust, that my employer trusts
that, even though I might not be in the office, I'll get my work done. Too
often people decide that salary is the main driver for employment but
flexibility should be a major consideration.
there are jobs with flexible hours out there but the flexibility of those hours
fall in favor of the employer not the employee. As someone who would need
flexible hours I need to be picky about where I work including the days and
hours that I work. I know I should start my own business to get what I need.
As technological advances make it possible for more work to be done from home,
the demand for flexible positions rises also. With access to company servers,
cloud computing, electronic file sharing, and teleconferencing, virtually anyone
who conducts business over the internet or phone can work from the comfort of
his or her home without missing a beat at work. Telecommuting
arrangements don't just benefit remote workers. Studies show that for every
dollar a company spends on setting up a work from home system, they receive $3.5
in cost savings and increased productivity. Even so, as Johnny Triumph points
out, it can take many months or years to forge the type of trust with an
employer that inspires telework arrangements. Even then, for most companies,
work from home is not a systematic approach but rather functions as an
incentive-program that is decided case by case. The
TransparentBusiness.com application creates transparency among remote workers,
streamlines the management of telecommuters, and promotes an instant culture of
trust and accountability. Greater flexibility also improves employee morale and
increases productivity, creating a win/win situation for both employers and
their remote employees.