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Published in Working Mother Magazine Online: How Being Part of a Remote Workforce Works for Me

 

"Finding a company that allows me to work from home has allowed me to organize my life with my family my way. But it takes vision and commitment from the top down." by Stacey Sicurella.

My recent company-wide meeting brought it all together for my co-workers and I – how we have found a way to have our version of work-life balance. We gathered in the comfortable
Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, conference center, most of us having just met for the first time. We did some getting-to-know-you exercises and learned that a sales rep from Oregon is thankful to see the sun of Boston; another from Florida was happy to feel the cool air; our sales VP  relaxed amidst the lack of bustle compared to her New York City office; our VP of Marketing lived in 17 different places.  And I found that I was happy to be with so many co-workers who are much like me–90% of them to be exact. We learned a great deal about our company culture, how that culture came about and why we were all attracted to our employer. I suppose this is the goal for any corporate off-site or team-building event, but for us, it was much more personal. We are a small company made up of professionals who have chosen to work for a company on the cutting edge of work environments…entirely virtual.

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Who is the Remote Employee?

Here at GiftCard Partners we are all a remote employee. We communicate through various forms of technology, but for the most part our "office" is virtual and our staff stretches all over the country. Throughout the American workforce remote work is on the rise. Companies are allowing their employees to work from home, or wherever works for them. This is not just a millenial phenomenon either, the average remote employee is 49 years old with a college degree and earns an average salary of $58,000. Companies are allowing remote employees because technology allows them to be wherever they need to: in meetings, on calls, talking to clients and to their colleagues. Employees from all kinds of industries are embracing the telecommute. Here are a few industries with the highest recent increase in telecommuting:

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Why Your Remote Workforce is MORE Engaged

Engaging your workforce can be a challenge in any situation, but when your workforce is completely remote it can be even more difficult to connect...or so you would think. Based on a 360 degree feedback study done at an investment firm, remote workers are more engaged in their jobs, and here's why:

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Companies on the Cutting Edge – Top 10 Ways to Recognize, Motivate Your Telecommuters

Telecommuting; the term was coined in back in 1973, but it took recent cloud computing technologies for many employers to jump on board telecommuting wagon.
GiftCard Partners (GCP) has an entirely remote workforce, so we understand the benefits to our employer, to ourselves as the employees and the Earth. Companies like
GCP are making a difference in society with a very small carbon footprint and in work life balance by offering telecommuting as an option. But with a remote workforce, how can you be sure that recognition and motivation for your telecommuting workforce isn’t lost?

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GiftCard Partners = Entirely Remote Workforce, View the Trend

Check out another great infographic on Mashable:
The Rise of the Mobile Workforce [INFOGRAPHIC]

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