November 21, 2011

The Nature of Work Is Changing

When you work at home, among other skills, you need to have the ability to concentrate and keep working regardless of the distractions, maximizing your flexibility as a mobile worker.

But when the carpet cleaner is there and you’ve moved all the furniture outdoors, and piled everything else on top what can’t be moved (including the desks), how do you keep working?

Here’s Kate’s solution:

When she sends an email now it says, “Sent from my iTub.”

We can only imagine what the carpet cleaner told his friends….



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November 17, 2011

Commuting costs more than you think - telework!

One of our readers wrote:

You do a great job of providing information, offering ways to convince employers, and helping us learn how to commute. I am a firm believer in that idea. In fact, I’m so passionate about it that I pushed my company to create an infographic based on some data we found, detailing the true cost of commuting. The numbers are amazing.


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November 1, 2011

Home-based transcriptionists needed

Transcript Divas is looking for experienced work-at-home transcriptionists. They’re a general transcription service, and over the years have transcribed everything from heavy metal band musician memoirs to wire taps.

But make no mistake, this is not an “I took typing in high school, maybe I can do it” job. With blue chip companies, hospitals and the legal profession as clients, it’s not an opportunity to learn transcription. The company is looking for people with 12 months solid experience that are adept at transcribing one-on-one interviews, group recordings, and poor quality audio.

If you decide to apply, be aware that they’re looking not just for experience but also for people with the right attitude. Founder and president Andrew Dodson says, “We rely on our Divas to bring the clients back. If the clients are not impressed then the clients don’t come back. Less business. Less Divas needed. Everyone loses. Our team works best when everyone realizes that the Divadom is about working together.”

Dodson say freelancing is a major ‘attitude asset’ on a resumé because it gives him confidence that someone knows what it takes to run a business and keep people happy.

If you’re hired, a description of each new job will be sent to you via email with details on the pay rate, the total audio minutes (you’re paid by the recorded minute), audio quality, delivery date, and specific instructions pertinent to the project. You choose which jobs you are willing and able to take on. If you’re the first to reply, you get the job. If you don’t have time that day, don’t put your hand up.

Dodson says, “As a guide, most of our Divas take home more than the average hourly rate for similar office-based work. But it’s really up to how fast and accurate you are.”

The company was started in London in mid-2005, and now has teams scattered across the UK, Canada, and the US.

For more information and an application visit  Transcription Job Application Info.

If you’re hired, come back and tell us about yourself and your experience with the company, will you?

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October 25, 2011

Starbucks Caters To Mobile Workers

If you’re a mobile worker or telecommute Starbucks is trying to help you.

Stopped at a Starbucks in Severna Park MD and was pleasantly surprised to find a nice setup with electrical outlets, wi-fi, tables . . . and Halloween cobwebs on the walls.

A conference-room-size work table in the center could easily accomodate a whole team, and a big HDTV (not shown) could be used for PowerPoint presentations.

Oh, and they sell coffee too.


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June 27, 2011

Outdated Business Management Practices Block Flexible Work Styles

While 63 million Americans hold jobs that could be done at home, fewer than 3 million actually work away from the office most of the time, according to research we did for Citrix Online, a division of Citrix Systems, Inc. The research analyzed statistics from public and private sources, such as the U.S. Census Bureau and Bureau of Labor Statistics, to build a complete image of the state of virtual working in the United States. The results paint a dismal picture. Employee demand to workshift far outstrips their opportunity to do so, highlighting the persistence of outdated management practices and antiquated attitudes towards oversight and eligibility.

Here’s some of what we discovered:

  • A typical workshifter is 49 years old, college educated and in a management, senior employee or professional role.
  • Over 75% of employees who work from home earn over $65,000 per year, putting them in the upper 80 percentile relative to all employees.
  • Demand Outpaces Supply
  • 63 million U.S. employees hold jobs that could be done at home at least part of the time, yet fewer than 3 million, 2.3% of the population, get the chance to work virtually on a regular basis.
  • Almost 80% of all employees would work from home if they could.
  • Will Trade Money for Freedom
  • More than one third of non-teleworkers surveyed by WorldatWork would take a pay cut to be able to have more independence in where and how they work.
  • Commute Time Is Not a Factor
  • The study found no correlation between cities with the most congestion or longest commute times and number of workshifters.
  • The San Diego metro area has the highest concentration of people who work at home, 4.2%, while Detroit and Houston have the lowest, each with 1.8%. The New York metro area rounds out the bottom three, with 2.1%.

As business becomes more global and workforces more dispersed, companies will have little choice but to implement virtual work practices. Those who operate that way now will have a significant head start, not to mention the pick of talent from around the globe, instead of just their own backyard.

Ongoing concerns about the global economy are causing companies to keep a tight grip on hiring. For growing companies, this can result in more work for those in employment, creating the need to work longer. Virtual working offers people a better work-life balance by letting them take charge of how they manage competing priorities in a given period of time.

Workshifting, the ability to work where it is most optimal rather than confined to an office or specific location, is much more than a perk; it is a business advantage. Implemented correctly, it is a means to diversify the organization, attract new talent, increase productivity and enhance sustainability.

Despite being the birthplace of much of the technical innovation that makes “work anywhere” possible, the U.S. is stubbornly lagging behind other parts of the world when it comes to workshifting: in Canada, 3.2% of the population teleworks regularly, and in the United Kingdom the figure is even higher at 5.6%, compared to just 2.3% in the U.S.
Mobile and collaboration technology exists to enable people to work anytime, anywhere. Outdated management thinking is often the only serious obstacle to more flexible and virtual work practices.

“The reality is that managers simply don’t trust their employees to work untethered. That’s not going to change until companies start measuring performance based on results, rather than the number of hours someone sits at their desk. Management gurus have been telling us for decades that results-based management is the key to maximizing employee potential; and it’s true whether employees are a hundred feet or a hundred miles away.” - Kate Lister, president, Telework Research Network

“The benefits of workshifting have been known for quite some time now, so it’s easy to assume that everyone is doing it these days, but the truth of the matter is pretty sobering and more than a little disappointing. Despite much evidence to the contrary, it seems old-fashioned notions that work must be seen to be done still prevail. And by offering workshifting merely as a perk for management, companies are missing out on some of the biggest benefits of flexible working. - Brett Caine, President, Citrix Onlints.

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