Study Proves Women Prefer Mix of Office and Virtual Work Life

January 17, 2012  |  

by Charlotte Young

For many professionals, chatting around the water cooler at a 9-5 office is quickly changing to a mix of the physical office and virtual work life. It’s a change that comes with both benefits and challenges, the biggest problem being a slower response time. But Forbes reports that a survey by Microsoft Office 365 and 85 Broads found that women prefer to work from home 3.1 days per week as it leads to a better work/life balance. For these women, Forbes has a list of valuable insights to staying ahead when working from home.

One of the biggest problems employees face while working from home is employer skepticism that they are putting in a full work schedule. In efforts to combat any doubt, it’s important to remain transparent about your work habits. Share your calendar with your team or keep a running list of documents in a shared drive so that your colleagues will know what’s been keeping you busy.

Make sure to establish a clear schedule that is as close as possible to your office schedule. This will help your boss, clients and colleagues know when you are available.

Stay available to your business contacts. With a clear schedule in place, make sure to stay online as often as you can. Respond quickly to emails so that your colleagues know you’re there. Check in with your team throughout the day through the phone to effectively respond to their questions. Make phone and online appointments to meet with clients and colleagues just as you would if you were in the office. Don’t wait for your team to call you, stay ahead of the workload by reaching out to your team first.

The most important thing is to make sure you stay focused on your objectives. By working with your manager, you can ensure a clear understanding of the goals and deliverables you must accomplish in your virtual work setting.

For the working woman dealing with children and family concerns, a blend of office and virtual work life may work best. Keeping in mind these tips, these women can stay connected to their professional life and competitive for salary raises and promotion while keeping a closer eye on the little ones.

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  • I work from home and say I’m actually working all the time. I take breaks for family events and to meet with clients or attend a networking event. But to say people who don’t work a full 40+ when they work from home is wrong. In fact, we really can’t leave work since it’s in the next room.

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  • Cdpdee

    I worked from home full time for 4 years and loved the flexibility. I dressed for work like I was going to the office: even went out for coffee before my 8:30 daily status call. But I also checked/responded to emails on weekends and night. I know I worked more hours from home than I would have from my actual office.

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