Results tagged “telecommuting”


Career Center Blog | Tips and tricks for telecommuting

The economy continues to get better, but let's face it -- it's still far from perfect. Companies continue to look for ways to maximize income and minimize "outgo." If you are a telecommuter, you may be at special risk. Why?

Career Center | Career advice: Working from home, and feeling lonely

By Liz Reyer / Minneapolis Star Tribune Q: My job has recently changed to require me to telecommute much of the time. I’m used to being part of a large, cohesive team, and am struggling with feelings of isolation. It’s

Career Center Blog | Why your commute time matters to hiring managers

A few years ago, I landed a job that was a significant step up for my career, with more responsibilities and a higher salary than I had ever earned before. The one problem was that it required a nearly 90-minute

Career Center Blog | 5 rules for freelancing from home

You've sent in your applications, gone on all the interviews you can stand and nudged every network connection to the point of annoyance, but you're still looking for work. Perhaps by now you're thinking it's time to set out on

Career Center | 10 trends to watch in work/life balance

By Cindy Krischer Goodman / The Miami Herald As we wind down the year, I've identified major workplace trends affecting the way we work. From an individual perspective, understanding these trends will give you an advantage. From an employer perspective,

Career Center | Cheers, monitor! Virtual happy hours connect far-flung workers

By Sheila Marikar / New York Times News Service A little after 4 p.m. on a recent Thursday, Eric Fleming, the head of strategy for Mash+Studio, a content marketing firm in Manhattan, gathered his co-workers for happy hour. In a

Career Center | Career advice: How to ask for a flexible schedule

By Liz Reyer / Minneapolis Star Tribune Q: I would like to convince my boss that I should have more flexibility in my work. More specifically, I'd like him to authorize some flex hours and give me permission to work

Career Center Blog | Shutdown prompts many to ponder private-sector jobs

The federal shutdown is affecting a lot of people in our state, and I'm starting to get inquiries from government employees who are considering moving into the private sector. Many of the queries are coming from spouses of military professionals

Career Center Blog | Working remotely doesn't have to mean being isolated

Telecommuting sounds great in theory. While a lot of professionals crave the independence of working at home, for many it pales after a few years. It's amazing how frequently I hear from candidates who are interested in returning to the

Career Center | 'Coffice' etiquette: How to behave when working from a cafe

By Lora Shinn / Special to NWjobs Jeff Howell spent four years working as a barista and has observed plenty of strange things. “I’ve seen people literally set up a mobile office and park for six hours,” says Howell, now

Career Center | Telecommuting pros and cons, from both sides

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Career Center | Q&A: Change office layout to improve employee morale

By Marie G. McIntyre / McClatchy-Tribune News Service Q: Our department's physical layout has created a lot of problems. My employees work in a completely open area without cubicles or dividers. There are no enclosed spaces where we can talk

Career Center Blog | How to work at home and still keep your job

Here in the digital age, we thought that working from home -- a beloved practice of introverts, parents with small children and the disabled -- was a secure "right." But if Yahoo's recent move to ban working from home is

Career Center | Is working for a startup right for you?

By Lora Shinn / Special to NWjobs Molly Epstein loves her job. Since last May, she has been creating computer-aided 3-D models of jewelry for Ritani.com, a high-end diamond and jewelry e-commerce company. Working for a tech startup -- among

Career Center Blog | Yahoo policy: A watershed moment for telecommuting

For those Seattle-area workers currently telecommuting at their jobs, let us take a few moments to give thanks to Marissa Mayer, the CEO of Yahoo. Mayer recently sent out an order to all telecommuting employees demanding that they get their

Career Center Blog | Can flexible work hours help your love life?

One of the most sought-after perks cited by job seekers is the ability to control their hours at work. Decent pay and quality health care are always high on the list, of course, but flexibility in their daily schedule is

Career Center Blog | How to make a case for 'workflex' policies in your office

In August of this year, Glassdoor.com released a list of the top 25 companies in terms of work-life balance, as voted on by their own employees. Kent-based REI (ranked No. 6) and Seattle's Slalom Consulting (No. 15) were the two

Career Center | Is independent contracting right for you?

By Allison Ellis / Special to NWjobs David Robison was laid off from his full-time job more than a decade ago. Soon after, the Seattle resident began contracting as a user-experience designer -- and has never looked back. “Starting a

Career Center Blog | Get out of that cow-print robe: Top 10 tips for working well from home

I hear it all the time from people I know who either work from home or want to: "It's so great to be able to just roll out of bed and go right to work in your pajamas." Um, no,

Career Center Blog | Why social chemistry can give you the ultimate buzz

As a freelancer I have spent a lot of time over the years working in different spaces, mostly coffee shops. And something that you learn as a nomadic worker is that a place with a good vibe is conducive to

Career Center Blog | Spring cleaning will help revive home and office workspaces

The slog of winter came to a head for me a few weeks ago. Things pile up with the rain and the gray. On my desk, and in every room of the house (where I also work), stacks of papers

Career Center | Convincing your boss to let you work from home

By Laura Laemmle Frongillo / Salary.com In the past, some bosses considered “working from home” a euphemism for “doing errands” and only allowed it in the event of major plumbing or medical emergencies. Fortunately, progress in technology has made

Career Center | How to balance single parenting, new job

By Marie G. McIntyre / McClatchy-Tribune News Service Q: I’m a single mother who has been unemployed for about six months. In my previous position, I had a flexible schedule which allowed me to easily attend school events or schedule

Career Center Blog | Sweetening the deal with 'creative compensation'

One of my favorite scenes in the excellent AMC television drama "Mad Men," about the pressure-cooker life of ad executives in the early 1960s, comes from an episode called "The Suitcase." While working late, young copywriter Peggy Olson, the first

Career Center Blog | Sometimes a job is just a job (and other career lessons learned)

This will be my last post on NWjobs. In the three-and-a-half years I've been blogging on this site, I've learned countless lessons from the workers and career experts I've interviewed, as well as the many readers who've taken the time

Career Center | Working from home was a big mistake

Q: A year ago, I was laid off after 13 years. Numerous résumés and cover letters later, I finally found employment. At first, I thought my new job was perfect for me; I work a 10-hour/four-day shift from home. But

Career Center Blog | Going to work sick: Sometimes you have no choice

On Monday, the Seattle City Council is expected to pass a bill requiring local businesses to grant their employees paid sick leave. [Flickr photo by ghindo] As the Seattle Times reported yesterday: Advocates say the law will enhance public

Career Center Blog | Gen Y to employers: Your on-the-job training programs stink!

Much has been written about how Generation Y -- the under-30 crowd in the workforce -- has had to adjust their attitude in today's crippled job market. As Associated Press reporter Cindy Krischer Goodman (no relation) wrote last fall,

Career Center Blog | Who's telecommuting and who isn't

Every time I write a blog post or article about telecommuting, the reader questions come pouring in: How can I find a telecommuting job? Do work-from-home jobs for entry-level workers exist? I like my job and could do some

Career Center Blog | When crisis hits home, should your job take a backseat?

By now, you've probably seen the video of U2 performing "Beautiful Day" at Qwest Field last Saturday. From a video monitor above the stage, Space Shuttle Endeavor Commander Mark Kelly sends his love to wife Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords via

Career Center | How to find legitimate work-from-home opportunities

Q: I am 62, have an M.B.A. and 40-plus years of management experience with excellent references on LinkedIn. My position was eliminated in December 2009, and I have been looking for employment since with little success. That is not, however,

Career Center | Working remotely: How to stay in the loop when you’re based off-site

By Anita Bruzzese The Associated Press While some employees might consider it the greatest of fortunes not to see their boss or colleagues every day at work, remote workers who have that experience might disagree. Remote workers — who may

Career Center Blog | The tolls are coming! Do you plan to adjust your commute?

As you've no doubt heard, tolling on the 520 bridge has been pushed back to June. Still, if you're a cross-lake commuter, it's never too early to start thinking about how you'll handle this increase in the cost of getting

Career Center Blog | Telecommuting: Less green than we think?

Those who champion telecommuting (yours truly included) are fond of mentioning that working from home is better for the environment. Less cars on the road. Less corporate offices to heat, cool, and light. Less clothing and drycleaning required. And so

Career Center Blog | How managers can help telecommuters succeed

We've talked a lot on this blog about how employees can make telecommuting work. But managers also need to play a part in ensuring that remote workers are sufficiently integrated with the team and as productive as their onsite

Career Center Blog | The perils of on-the-job oversharing

On NWjobs, we talk a lot about what makes for appropriate use of digital and social media -- and what can happen when workers overshare the intimate details of their personal life online. Today I caught wind of a

Career Center Blog | Free webinar: How telecommuting can save your company big bucks

Speaking of commuter pain, the good folks at the Telework Research Network just released a study that quantifies the amount of money small and midsize businesses stand to save by allowing their employees to telecommute. [Photo by basykes] Sponsored

Career Center Blog | Employees, don't wait for the next Earth Day to green your job

Maybe you went to a recycling event, planted some trees, or otherwise did your part to honor the planet during the past week's green festivities. Good for you. [Photo courtesy of NASA] But amid all the fanfare around Earth

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