Brian Alden: In the current economy, many companies are looking for ways to shave off some of the overhead costs of running a business. And one of the major benefits for employees has been and increase in flexible jobs, mainly the ability to work from home.
These flex benefits are popping up in major industries such as sales and information technology where the majority of the day can be handled through telecommuting. There are some careers that naturally take on a more flexible schedule, such as event planning and other careers that seem to be a product of this new trend, such as virtual administrative systems.
In recent years, the federal government has developed a major program for implementing telework in its offices. The US Office of Personnel Management says that telework increases flexibility in its participants' personal and work life. It can reduce work stress and free employees from office distractions.
If you are specifically on the hunt for a job where you can work from home, a few days a week the Federal Government is a great place to start. But remember all telework must be approved b your supervisor, so there is no guarantee you will get to spend all of your days in your pajamas.
As gas prices continue to climb, telework can be a great way to lower your work related expenses and if you are trying to juggle a growing family, the word flex probably sounds pretty good.
Not all companies are jumping on a telework bandwagon, but if it's something you are interested in pursuing it's a conversation worth having with your current or future employer.