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Virtual Office Workers Have More Employment Options

BOULDER, CO—I’ve been saying for a while that FlexJobs is one of the best places online to find virtual office jobs. Well, now it just got a little better.

That’s because FlexJobs just acquired Tjobs. That means there’s more telecommuting, virtual office, part-time and otherwise flexible job listings from which to choose.

"This is an exciting time for work-life balance positions as we continue to see the listings grow," shared Sara Sutton Fell, CEO of FlexJobs. "By purchasing Tjobs, we are providing a one-stop destination for job seekers who would like to find a professional, home based job."

If you’ve never heard of Tjobs, you can take a hint at its telecommuting nature from its moniker. Tjobs has been dedicated to advancing telecommuting as a viable work option for both job-seekers and employers for more than 16 years. Virtual offices also go back that far, and even farther, but only in recent years have virtual office jobs become high-profile in the media.

"We are proud that we've been able to contribute to the growth in telecommuting over these many years," Tjobs said in a statement. "However we have realized that it's time for a change. As such, we are very happy to pass the torch to FlexJobs to help carry on the mission."

What does this mean, practically speaking, for FlexJobs? It means all the virtual office job listings that were once on Tjobs are now on FlexJobs. All current Tjobs members are now part of the FlexJobs family.

In total, FlexJobs has more than 10,000 hand-screened flexible job opportunities. But FlexJobs offers more than just virtual office jobs. It also offers its members free skill testing, resume and job search tips, special savings offers, and a comprehensive Guide to the Best Companies for Flexible Jobs.

FlexJobs has job listings in more than 50 career categories, ranging from entry-level to executive and freelance to full-time, FlexJobs provides the most extensive database of hand-screened flexible jobs currently available. FlexJobs is dedicated to promoting the work-life balance, environmental, and economical benefits that telecommuting and flexible work offers to both job-seekers and employers.
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Virtual Offices Help Fathers Maintain Work-Life Balance

LOS ANGELES—Yesterday we looked at CareerBuilder's annual Father's Day survey, which revealed that new dads aren’t maximizing paternity leave—and we looked at how virtual offices can help.

Let’s dive into some additional study findings as well as some helpful tips for fathers on paternity leave. (This tips could also apply to dads who work from a home all year round in a virtual office.)

The CareerBuilder survey reveals that 22 percent of fathers say their work has negatively affected relationships with their children and 26 percent said work negatively affected relationships with significant others. How can dad get a better work-life balance going?

Alex Green, general counsel for CareerBuilder and father of three offers some tips. (My comments are in parentheses.)

Talk about it: Remember that communication is a two-way street. Besides just listening to what is going on in your family's lives, talk about what is going on in your office, so everyone understands why you are away or have to do some work when you are home. (Of course, if you have a virtual office you can be more flexible as to when and where you work.)

Scheduling is key to success: Add every family member's schedule to one master calendar so there are no surprises. Also, save vacation days for important events and talk to your supervisor about flexible work arrangements. (Virtual office technologies will let you take mini-vacations if you can’t get away for a full vacation with your new family.)

Establish a "no work" zone: Put down your Blackberry and avoid checking e-mails from the time you arrive home until after your children have gone to sleep. (Then you can tap back into your virtual office and get more work done if you have to—but only if you have to.)

It is OK to say no!: In addition to actual work, sometimes activities associated with your job can take a toll on your free time. Determine what additional activities you can turn down and which are necessary so that you can free up more of your time outside of the office.

Consider flexible work arrangements: (This is what we've been saying all along!) More companies are offering telecommuting options, flexible hours, condensed work weeks and other arrangements. Approach your boss with a game plan of how the new arrangement would work and how it can ultimately benefit the organization. (Who knows? He may be cool with you working from your virtual office more often than you think!)
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Virtual Offices Help Dads Maximize Paternity Leave

NEW YORK-Is work keeping new dads from maximizing their paternity leave? Forty-three percent of dads who had a child in the last three years reported they didn't take any paternity leave. But leveraging the benefits of virtual offices could change those numbers.

Working dads who took some paternity leave said they felt pressured by work to come back early. So says CareerBuilder's annual Father's Day survey.

The stress of prolonged economic uncertainty post-recession appears to have affected more working fathers' balance between professional and family life. Thirty-six percent of dads reported they bring home work from the office, up from 27 percent in 2008.

Meanwhile, 35 percent of working dads said they would consider trading their careers for a role of staying home with the kids if their spouse or partner made enough money to support the family. And 33 percent of working dads reported they would take a pay cut if it meant they have more quality time at home.

"For many households, the recession has affected family life as much as personal finances," says Alex Green, general counsel for CareerBuilder and father of three. "Many families need dual incomes, and post-recession work environments often entail longer hours. Fortunately, we see more dads taking advantage of flexible work arrangements to try to make up the difference and have more quality time with their families."

And therein lies the key words: flexible work. Flexible work strategies can help new dads on paternity leave maximize their time with their newborn. Virtual offices give dad the flexibility he needs to work during odd hours, as well work during what would otherwise be commuting time. And virtual offices let dad work in his pajamas at 5 a.m. before the baby wakes up if he has to.
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Should Virtual Office Users Do Social Media While Working?

TROY, MICH.—The proliferation of social media, and in particular, the blurring of personal and professional networks is causing unease among workers, with almost 30 percent globally, now believing it is acceptable to use social media for personal use while at work. But how does that apply to virtual office workers?

First, let’s look at the big picture. Workers express serious reservations about the spread of social media into work. Forty-three percent agree that it impacts adversely on productivity while 47 percent also express concern that mixing personal and professional connections through social media could lead to problems in the workplace. So says the latest survey results from the Kelly Global Workforce Index.

Here are some additional findings from the survey:


  • 24% say it’s acceptable to share opinions about work with friends and colleagues on social media.

  • 12% have been told to stop using social media at work.

  • 30% are more inclined to search for jobs via social media than through traditional methods such as newspapers, online job boards and recruitment firms.


So, here’s the deal. A mere 12 percent have been told to stop using social media at work. But when you work in a virtual office environment, it’s less obvious what you are doing with your time. At the same time, some people have to use social media as part of their jobs, especially if they are in communications fields. Is quickly checking a personal message from your virtual office a big deal?

I think the key for the virtual office user is to stay focused, just like any other worker in any other environment. Ultimately, virtual office workers shouldn’t be checking personal social media accounts during work hours. But everyone gets breaks and lunch hours. The issue is that social media can be consuming and a few minutes can become an hour. So it goes back to the cardinal rule for virtual office users: discipline.
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