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Family 411: Working from home on the rise

CINCINNATI (Sheila Gray) -- Some big companies like Yahoo have ended their work-from-home policies.
Despite that, remote working is on the upswing.  It's estimated that by 2016 the number of employees who work from home at least one day a week will grow by 21 percent.

Tanya Trusty has worked in consumer research for Proctor and Gamble for about 15 years.  About five years ago Tanya started working from home one day a week.

She said, "I totally think I get more quality work done because it's without interruption.  You can totally focus."
Gallup's State of the American Workplace showed nearly four in 10 employees spend some amount of time working remotely or in locations apart from their coworkers.  The report found remote workers log more hours and they're slightly more engaged than employees who work on-site.

Proctor and Gamble has long been recognized for its flex at work strategy, which allows employees like Tanya to shift hours, share jobs, or work at home some of the time.

"It does help with the family dinners and being able to help with the family activities," said Tanya.

Career expert Julie Bauke said while some companies still fight the work from home trend the cost savings, technology and younger generations moving into the workforce are making it more acceptable.  But it's important to know which employees can handle it.

"It's really important for companies to manage each person in a way they're their most productive," said Bauke.   

Some roles in business can't be played on the home front, and Tanya said she still values her time in the office with co-workers.  But she's found a good balance.

Tanya said, "This is a benefit, one of the benefits that in this part of my life and my career works out perfectly for me, so I very much value that."

Business author Jody Thompson gave Local 12 some tips for talking with your manager about working from home.  First, talk about the goals of your job and department.  Discuss accountability, keeping your manager informed about progress and how you would address unforeseen challenges.  Then, make your case for giving some off-site work a try.

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