One employee may need a flexible schedule to take care of an aging parent. Another worker might need some serious flex after the birth of a child. Still a third might be going back to school during the day and need to work night hours. One thing’s for sure: when it comes to work flexibility, there is no one-size-fits-all remedy. So if you’re in desperate need of flex, here are some options to consider in order for you to work in the industry that you love and have some serious work-life balance, too.
Part-time work holds a lot of appeal to various workers. Many working parents might want to work fewer than 40 hours a week so that they can be home to pick up their kids from the bus stop or be able to take their children to various after-school activities. Older workers might want to continue working but not have the pressure of having to clock into a 9-5 each day.
Let’s say that you’re hitting the books again in order to advance your career—and see some extra zeros in your paycheck. But going to school during the day doesn’t leave a whole lot of time for work. So working an alternative schedule (from 4:00 PM-12:00 AM, for example), frees up your day to pursue your studies but also allows you to work, too.
Telecommuting is one of the best ways to achieve work-life balance. Depending on the type of telecommuting that your job allows (either part-time or full-time), you’ll be able to work from home, saving you money and time on lengthy commutes. With telecommuting often comes having a flexible schedule, allowing you to customize your hours according to the needs of the day.
In a job-sharing scenario, two people will work together, each on a part-time basis, to perform one position. It’s similar to working a regular part-time job, except that you and another worker will be responsible for the ultimate outcome of your collective duties.
You don’t mind working in a traditional office. You really don’t. But you also don’t want to be locked into 8+ hour workdays Monday-Friday, either. A condensed workweek sounds exactly like what it is. Instead of working five days a week for eight hours daily, you may work only Monday-Thursday for ten hours each day. In essence, you’ll work your 40-hour workweek in four days instead of five, leaving one day free… just for you!
When you work as a freelancer, you have almost complete control over your schedule. Not only do you determine which jobs you’ll take on, you also decide your own hours as well. Don’t feel like working for the month of November? Simply don’t take on any extra gigs. But freelancing comes at a price; many freelancers do not receive any health benefits, and unless they have a steady freelance job, must always be on the hunt for their next gig.
Work flexibility comes in a wide assortment of options. It’s up to you to decide what your needs are, and to find a flex job that fits in with your life to offer you the best in both your work life and your personal life.
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