12 Days of Telework | Work-life Balance Tips for the Holidays

Sure, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. But it’s also the busiest, most stressful and most chaotic time for workers everywhere. With your work-life pulling and your personal-life pushing, telework—full-time or part-time—is a great way to achieve the balance you desperately need.

We hope that you can take the advice for our series, “The 12 Days of Telework,” and use these tips, tricks and advice to achieve work-life balance this holiday season.
Want the full story with all the stats and figures for each day of telework? Check out the original blogs below, with my favorite excerpts:

On the first day of telework, my company gave to me tools that make remote work easy.

On the second day of telework, my coworking space gave to me WiFi and community.

“Two years ago, my husband and I left our home in Austin, TX and traded in our desk jobs for the opportunity of a lifetime; working and traveling throughout Europe and Asia-Pac in pursuit of adventure, the great outdoors and above all, WiFi.” ~Cora Rodenbusch

On the third day of telework, my workers gave to me an increase in productivity.

“Over the years at PGi, I’ve had the same conversation with executives and managers in a variety of fields about telecommuting. They say that telecommuting doesn’t work for their company, their industry or their people. This isn’t just an antiquated model of thinking. It’s wrong, and a backwards approach to business leadership in the modern age.” ~Boland Jones

On the fourth day of telework, my Jetta gave to me a break from the traffic crazy.

“The benefits of telecommuting—for employees and companies—will come to life when you see the numbers:

  • The average commute for an American worker is 28 minutes and 22 miles.
  • An estimated 40% of U.S. employees hold jobs that could be done at home.
  • 59% of employees believe telecommuting at least part time is the ideal work situation.
  • The average real estate savings for businesses with full-time teleworkers is $10,000 per employee per year.

“Save your miles and cash for an escape from the snow.” ~Me

On the fifth day of telework, my freedom gave to me a work-life in perfect harmony.

“Having that level of freedom gives me the peace of mind that I can effectively manage my work responsibilities and my home life responsibilities while still having some time left over for me. The opportunity to pursue and craft my own unique work-life balance is the heart of telework.” ~Josh Erwin

On the sixth day of telework, my company gave to me a killer holiday party.

“To be a successful telecommuter you still have to know when to show up.” ~Sara Pilling

On the seventh day of telework, my coworkers gave to me gifts and a sense of camaraderie.

On the eighth day of telework, my boss gave to me approval to work remotely.

On the ninth day of telework, Scrooge gave to me a very cranky colleague. Bah, humbug!

“Channel your own Tiny Tim and listen to my story: “A Telecommuting Christmas Carol.” ~Me

On the tenth day of telework, my AMEX gave to me an online shopping spree.

On the eleventh day of telework, my workation gave to me the freedom to work and still party.

“… My 12 Days of Telework message to my team and to all of you is this: make the most of this time of year. Whether you’re trying to make time for your friends’ tacky sweater party or you simply need to be home with the kids once school holidays begin, telework can make it all possible or, at the very least, a little easier.” ~Sean O’Brien

On the twelfth day of telework, my parents said to me, nice to see you virtually.

Happy holidays—and happy teleworking!

About Blakely T.

Blakely is a work-life juggler with three little monsters, Sci-Fi/Fantasy Book-a-holic, Atlanta transplant and PR/social/content strategist (and presentations nerd) for PGi.

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