Endless Snacks and the Temptation of Naps: What it’s Really Like to Work From Home

Most people are jealous when I tell them I work from home.

And I’ll admit, in the seven years I’ve been a freelance writer, the words “I miss working in an office” have never once left my lips.

Of course, I’m not the only person with this privilege. A 2019 survey by Owl Labs found that 62% of U.S. employees work remotely at least occasionally. Of that group, 54% of respondents say they work remotely at least once per month, and 30% work remotely full-time.

Ditching the cubicle life was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Still, it’s not right for everyone. Some days it’s a pajama lover’s paradise — but the arrangement has its drawbacks, too.

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7 crucial steps to scoring a flexible work schedule

Not a fan of putting in the traditional flexible-work-arrangements-3409 to 5,
or commuting an hour to the office, or having to stay chained to a desk all day? Can’t say we blame you.

It’s no surprise 64% of millennials say they would like to work occasionally from home, and 66% would like to shift their work hours, a PricewaterhouseCoopers survey found.

The upshot: 80% of employers offer some form of flexible work arrangements to employees, according to a Trends in Workplace Flexibility survey. But don’t expect to be handed a job offer with such perks: The survey also found that roughly two-thirds of managers offer flexibility to all or most of their employees at their discretion.

If you’re hunting for a job with work flexibility, you’ll need to convince a hiring manager why you deserve it.

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