What I’d Teach My Kids About Working at Home

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Last week I clicked on a funny link on Buzzfeed called “.” There are several examples that definitely ring true, like our insanely awesome commute or the sad fact that we rarely get to enjoy office Christmas parties. There were a couple of other examples of how others might be a tad bit confused about what we are really doing at home, even our family members. As I reflected on that fact, some interesting questions popped into my head. Will any of my children choose to work at home during their professional careers? Are there some important things I need to ? As a result, I compiled the following list of things I’d like to teach my children about working at home.

1. You will be able to stay more connected to your family.

The flexibility telecommuting typically offers and a physical presence at home is what gives remote workers the edge in this instance. And this point alone may be enough to entice the next generation into considering arrangements that allow them to , particularly when considering the career goals and needs that research shows are most important  them. For example, according to a study done by the Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP), which has been surveying incoming freshmen at U.S. colleges and universities for the past 50 years, 73.6% of kids who participated in the 2012 study reported that they considered “raising a family” to be an “essential” or “very important” aspect of their future lives. This work situation can help you to keep your family a priority.

2. Balance will be key to your success.

In order to enjoy some of the perks that a telecommuting role will offer, you will have to stay focused on balancing your time and attention. Force yourself to stick to set work hours.  when you are not working by putting down your phone or tablet or whatever technology device you will be using in the future for work. Take your vacation time and be vigilant about defining the boundaries between work and home.

3. Advocate for yourself and learn how to promote your accomplishments.

Don’t let the fact that you are not physically in an office impact what others know about your work. Establish how you will be measured by your boss and/or customers, and get good about reporting back on what you have accomplished.

4. Commit to frequent in-person meetings.

Even though you are working at home, make a point to meet your boss, colleagues and/or customers in person on a fairly regular basis. We are all inherently social creatures, so facilitate meetings that will enable you to shake hands and make in-person eye contact with others.

These are just some of the things I would want to be sure my not-so-little one’s understand about being a Work at Home Woman. What would you add to the list? Would you encourage your children to consider or avoid a work at home scenario?

Christy Schutz, is a communications professional and freelance writer focused on topics like employer/personal branding, career management, personal development, women in the workplace, and female entrepreneurs. She enjoys putting 16+ years of experience in the advertising, recruitment marketing, employee/internal communications and special events industries to good use by helping others to discover, develop and market their own distinct calling or mission. This Tampa Bay, FL-based Mom also keeps herself busy by raising 4 kids, caring for her husband & doting on her dogs Petey and Daisy!


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