Articles on Telework Week, NBC News Profile, Workplace Flexibility, Reasons to Telecommute, and more

Here’s a smattering of my latest articles and posts at FlexJobs. Enjoy!

8 Reasons Employers Should Let You Telecommute: Considering that just this month, 49 out of the 50 United States were experiencing snowfall, with 70% of the country actually blanketed in snow, it may have occurred to a few of our readers that working at home can come in pretty darn handy. And while you might be convinced of telecommuting’s virtues, your boss may remain skeptical. CBS’s has eight great tips for convincing your boss to let you telecommute.

10 Ways to Increase Your Job Search Success: If you’re in the middle of a job search, it’s probably occurred to you that some employers are more organized than others. At The Children’s Aid Society in New York City, they do a very nice service for job seekers by telling them the “ten ways to increase your chances of getting hired.” Not only is this useful for job seekers who want to work at their organization, but it’s excellent information for anyone conducting a job search.

Telework Week, February 14-18: Teleworkers, unite! The Telework Exchange is organizing National Telework Week 2011, “a nationwide effort to encourage agencies, organizations, and individuals to pledge to telework on February 14-18, 2011.” What’s the point of a week dedicated to telecommuting? The Telework Exchange hopes that it gives employers and employees a chance to see for themselves the benefits of teleworking.

FlexJobs Profiled by NBC’s 9News Denver: FlexJobs was recently featured on Denver’s 9News and as “A job search site that’s worth paying for” and we couldn’t be happier!

Workplace Flexibility Initiative is “Moving Work Forward”:Workplace flexibility news alert! The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Families and Work Institute (FWI) announced a partnership  called Moving Work Forward in order “to help organizations be more successful by transforming the way businesses view and adopt flexible workplace practices.” This partnership, announced at the beginning of February, is designed to promote workplace flexibility, share best practices among employers, and help employers and employees reap the benefits of flexibility at work.

My latest scribbles: Part-time jobs, SAHMs vs. WAHMs, and telecommuting during the winter storm

Benefits of Telecommuting During The Big Winter Storm

  • Greetings from the Great White South! Nope, not North — South. The biggest winter storm in over a decade hit my current hometown of Atlanta last week and the entire city was in a stand-still. For four days, my tiny side street was frozen solid while the Department of Transportation worked to clear the highways of inches-thick ice. Luckily, I didn’t have to worry about leaving the house for work, because I’m a telecommuter! It seems that 2011 is the year of the storm-stranded telecommuter. Unable (or perhaps rightfully unwilling) to brave the snow and ice to get to work, more employers and employees are opting for telecommuting schedules during storms.

SAHMs vs. WAHMs: Do Moms Really Need to Choose Between Work and Family?

  • An article titled, “SAHMs Should Get a Job” posted this week at got me thinking about the constant battle that mothers face about raising their children and working. The “to work or not to work” question is always contested and never resolved, and I truly believe it’s because there is no ONE answer for every woman. And for me, an answer that works right now may no longer work in a year or two or ten.

10 Best Part-time Jobs This Week

  • We’re happy to introduce a new weekly feature on the FlexJobs blog! Every week, we’ll be profiling ten of the “Best Jobs” within our listings– ten interesting, exciting, or just plain fun jobs that can be found in the FlexJobs listings. This week, we’re taking a look at some of the most recently posted part-time jobs.  They include jobs from categories such as Web Design, Health & Medical, Education jobs and more.

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Biking to Work

I’ll admit it, I joined the craze and bought a bike several months ago.  WHAT FUN!!  Biking to work is great for several reasons- I control my commute, I cut down on gas use, and I get my exercise in while commuting (hello multitasking!).  But I’ve also noticed how mad drivers can get at bikers, and as a biker myself, I can see why.  Not following the rules of the road, dodging in and out of cars, running red lights, using cars for balance, not good! 

And this was reported just last week in the Seattle Times- Clash of wheels mars Portland’s bike-friendly fame.

So what should new bikers, like myself, and even experienced know about biking on the roads?  According to the super helpful website , run by the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation/trickstips, it’s pretty simple- if you know how to drive a car, you know how to ride a bike in the road.

With tips and tricks (and detailed pictures & drawings), this website is a must-read for anyone currently or considering biking to work!  Learn how to:

  • communicate with your hands
  • avoid car doors
  • scan for obstacles
  • navigate in traffic
  • plan your route
  • park and lock your bike properly

And, for employers-, a guide to starting a bike-to-work program in your organization!