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Most days I work from home. I’m either in my home office or cuddled up on my bed typing, designing, and talking away. I like it here. It’s warm, convenient, comfortable, and costs less. Vehicle maintenance and gas expenses are drastically reduced. My cats like my virtual work space too. They sneak in for a quick snuggle or a pet. In fact, there are two at my feet as I type. Working from home is a balance. I often get too caught up in work, and it’s not uncommon for me to work late into the night.
Mobile Technology and a Flexible Workplace
But beside my own personal struggle for work and life balance, one of the benefits as well as curses from virtual work is the ability to office anywhere. I’ve been known to travel with my husband like I did a couple weeks ago in DC. My mobile devices like my iPad, iPhone and tools like Google Voice and DropBox (affiliate link) make working anywhere a breeze. My schedule remains mobile and flexible to accommodate my life as it ebbs, flows, and changes. My work does too.
SHRM has taken quite the stance on a flexible workforce over the last 18 months and recently published a Flexible Workforce Spotlight outlining four main types of flexible workforce arrangements. These offer the opportunity for an employee to have give and take surrounding their work schedule but still report to the office for work.
Jessica Miller-Merrell is a HR and Recruiting evangelist committed to demystifying the human capital industry. She's the founder of Blogging4Jobs.com & VP of Talent Strategies at the Advanced Group. Follow her on Twitter, @jmillermerrell.