Making the Case for Telecommuting
Flexible Employment Resources
Telecommuting is an exceptional work arrangement where an employee performs all or parts of their job virtually, or outside the traditional workplace. Increasingly, Canadian employees, including military spouses facing relocation are negotiating mutually-beneficial telecommuting arrangements with their employers. Telecommuting can open doors for spouses faced with leaving behind jobs they love and maintaining the income their families rely on.
With the number of employees telecommuting on the rise, military spouses might like to consider pitching the idea of a portable career to their employer before handing in their letter of resignation. According to a 2008 Statistics Canada report, 11.2 per cent of Canadian employees were working from home in some capacity. Further, Arcus Consulting Group reported that by 2013 the number of Canadians telecommuting had reached 18 per cent.
If you are faced with leaving a job behind because of a posting, be proactive and resourceful; inform your employer there are options beyond resignation. As one resilient spouse expressed, “Worst case scenario is that they tell you no. Even if this happens you won’t be any worse off, because you were already going to leave your position.”
Military Family Services encourages spouses exploring the viable telecommuting option to visit WORKshift Canada - they are in the business of promoting, educating and increasing flexible work programs across the country.
Work From Home Careers
You’ve made the decision to work from home and started exploring your options online. Immediately you discover there are hundreds of “get-rich-quick” invitations flooding your screen. Suddenly, finding legitimate work from home employment becomes daunting. When evaluating virtual job opportunities a good rule of thumb is, if the job sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
The Employment and Education Centre, in collaboration with the Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling (CERIC), put together an excellent resource to help work-from-home job seekers in Canada explore valid employment opportunities.
To learn more about the pros and cons of becoming a virtual employee, watch this Web Training hosted by Military Family Services and Accenture Ottawa.