If telecommuting is off the benefit table, what can job seekers ask for instead?
While most people know that I’m a huge advocate for remote work, I also advocate flexible schedules. I’ve been fortunate enough that in most cases in my career, I’ve been able to benefit from this, even before I was married and had my son. I’ve always been an 8-4 person rather than a 9-5 person. I always want to beat the traffic by a little bit, and have most of the evening to myself. I think these hours reflect most of my school hours as a kid, which just always stuck with me. Sure, there’s been some variations, but I don’t remember too many instances where I actually worked from 9-5 in my entire life.
Just like remote work, there are many positions that can benefit from this kind of flexible work schedule. It helps so many people find that work-life balance as they care for their families and themselves! In some instances, it’s also better in certain departments, as that way there’s longer continuity during the day. I remember when I started my career MANY years ago as a consumer relations representative. We had people come in for the 7-3 shift, an 8-4 shift, a 9-5 shift, and a 10-6 shift. This way, during the main hours, we were fully manned, yet we could be manned during most business hours for most American time zones. Most customer services places have it stretched out even more, depending on the business. Even the last job I had in an office was one where I was allowed to work from 8-4, and that way I could get home at a reasonable hour before the worst of the traffic hit, and be home for my family.
Read this article, and include your comments below as to what you think about this kind of work arrangement. Is this a compromise for those who want to work remotely, but can’t for whatever reason? I think in some instances (not all), it could be.