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April 16, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 117

As social media and technology has made working from home, or working remotely, more practical and a realistic option for employers to consider, the lines of work and personal life have become, perhaps inevitably, blurred. The pros of working flexibly may seem appealing initially (more freedom, no commute), but many contacts of mine are starting to see the down sides; being "always on tap", missing the peer group / colleague interactions which a "normal" place-of-work offers; those moments by the water cooler where you can often have a two minute catch up with a colleague. Those things disappear with the increased flexibility of working remotely; Skype just isn't the same.

So it's a balancing act then, between your career aspirations, your employers leadership style/trust re your working from home, for example. Your aspirations for your family and your future factor heavily too. My own take on this is that we've simply adjusted to the new way of doing things; from the mobile status updates, to the calls from bosses outside of contracted working hours. It's a judgement call you have to make nowadays. Does a flexible work/life balance mean we're happier? I'm raising many questions here; questions which can run and run, and I'm happy to receive your views via the usual social networking channels, and I'm sure the debate will run and run!

Some of the following may provide you with discussion points around work/life balance, and indeed whether flexible working is for you:

• Do you work to live, or live to work? Balance your commitments & work availability accordingly to match your answer! • Carefully map out and consider the pros and cons of your current situation, and any proposed flexi working - is it a good work/life balance? • Keep your personal and business social media interactions separate - You know it makes sense! • How do you ensure that family / partner / spouse time is allocated fairly if you're working from a home office situation? • Have you the self-discipline and necessary flexibility to ensure that any new working arrangements (e.g. from home) will suit you as an individual. • Ensure that any flexi arrangements are clearly defined, and that you have a full agreement drawn up, enabling you to revert back to full time if the arrangement doesn't pan out.

What is best for you and your circumstances depends on the nature of your work, but obviously if you're working remotely the ability to connect into your office systems, is fundamental, as is the knowledge to make all of the technology do what you want it to do!

I speak to so many people considering either flexi working, or going it alone as part of a career change strategy, or portfolio working. It's all good, but there are so many variables, so I suggest you do a proper pros and cons list, and be brutally honest with yourself if flexi working working is for you.

Good luck with your new career working arrangements!

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