As a child, most of my somedays were about becoming an adult, and following in my Mother’s footsteps, having a family of my own. In the 1960’s becoming a mother was the accepted aspiration of a young woman. Women were talking about careers, and our own mothers were supportive of education for their daughters “just in case.”
Our mothers were not necessarily supportive of our working once children were in the picture. When I asked my mother if she would be willing to help with childcare so I could work, the answer wasn’t just “No thank you,” but included an expression of shock and disappointment that I had the nerve to ask her to help me shirk my parenting responsibilities. Mom recommended I take care of my own children, just as she had.
Someday advances in technology will bring many jobs from the workplace into the home. Are you skeptical? In 2016 there was a 36% increase in remote job listings. While computer and IT jobs dominate the at home job opportunities, there are also opportunities in medical and health, sales, administration, customer service, education,training, and marketing.
Remote jobs, offsite jobs, telecommuting jobs are different names for the same thing, working outside of the traditional work place.
Still not sure these are real jobs? They are jobs such as transcription, translation, training, teaching, tech support specialists, designers, writer and editor, travel agent, accounting, administration and recruiting.
The benefits for employers include reduced facilities costs, lower absenteeism, lower turnover, and savings of an estimated $10,000 per employee per year.
The benefits to the employee includes 15 days of time saved from commuting, and savings between $1,600 and $6,800. In addition, 47 percent of telecommuters are very satisfied with their jobs as compared with a 27 percent very satisfied rate of their office bound peers.
Telecommuting doesn’t mean parents will never need childcare help. Your job will still have all the other requirements of your in-office counterpart. Telecommuting does mean increased options and flexibility for families, and for employers who want to retain productive workers.