I work outside the home, and I am a telecommuting/telework mom. Allowing employees to telework was implemented into my agency several ago. By trade, I am an IT Specialist Supervisor. The ability to work from home is not an option for all employees, especially those who do phone work, but for techies that can log into systems remotely and perform their duties from home it is heaven sent. Most employees are required to report to the office at least 3 days per week for staff meetings and to sign paper work; however, we make exceptions if we need to. We offer toll free numbers for them to call into meetings.
I allow my staff to work from home on days that the kids are sick, deliveries are being made, medical appointments are on the agenda or they just need peace and quiet to complete a project. I take advantage of these liberties as well.
I have several requirements for my employees: 1) No kids interrupting calls, 2) No dogs barking while we’re on the call and 3) they must be signed on to their computer and get their assigned hours in for the day. It’s a great way to be able to work in sweats and PJs in Corporate America. There are other benefits for employers and employees who implement this concept. Here a few:
1) Cuts down on employee’s absences.
2) Allows employers to cut down on the expense of having a cubicle for each employee. They can share space according to their schedules.
3) Cuts down on gas and parking expense for employees.
4) Boosts employee morale.
5) Reduces employee stress.
For those who are interested in returning to the workforce and still being at home several days a week, this could be the perfect option for you. Search for companies who offer this option. You can bring home the bacon and still be a work at home mom, at least part time.