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Amy Coleman on August 29, 2013
Telecommuting's had quite the year. In February, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer announced that her employees were no longer allowed to work from home, which was met with much criticism. According to a 2012 study, nearly 83% of all employees telecommute for at least a part of the day. And while the flexible workforce is made up of professionals in varying roles at different levels of management, many of those who work from home are people working during or after their cancer treatment. In "Home Offices: How to Stop Working," recently featured in the Wall Street Journal, it's clear that discipline, trust and great communication with your manager and team are helpful in creating clear boundaries to ensure that your personal and professional lives are at their healthiest and most optimum levels when working from home.
Whether you've decided to work through treatment or return to work after an absence, keeping communications open with employers allows for a potential flexible work schedule, including an option to telecommute from home. Or perhaps working from a home office is something you've arranged with your employer as a reasonable accommodation under the ADA. Regardless of how you got there, it can be a challenge to "turn off" from work mode and delineate between your personal and professional realms at home.
A common fear is that telecommuters could be viewed as slacking off, so people may overcompensate and make themselves available at all hours of the day. By incorporating a few small mindful practices, such as an end-of workday ritual like creating a next day- focused to-do list or documenting project timelines, you may gain a stronger sense of how much time you might be spending (or overspending) while working at home.