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8 Best Work-at-Home Companies to Work For
From flex time to remote work, employees are seeking work-from-home perks - and employers are listening.
“More than 60 percent of organizations surveyed by the Society of Human Resource Management this year said they allow some type of telecommuting, up from 20 percent in 1996,” reports Rebecca Greenfield at Bloomberg.
Greenfield notes the reasons behind telecommuting vary. It can be a feature of a full-time job or a more “ad-hoc” benefit - such as working around school drop-off and pick-up or waiting on the cable guy.
Looking for a job with flexible hours to fit your lifestyle? Add one of these 8 great work-at-home companies to your application list.
It probably comes as no surprise that some of the best flexible work environments come from within the tech industry.
Thanks to a rapid-fire startup culture, tech companies new and old have quickly adapted to new expectations about what it means to work - and whether their employees can clock in from outside the office.
Some startups - like the telecommuting jobs site FlexJobs - have embraced this mindset so completely that they only have remote employees.
“The bottom line is that a virtual company can be just as viable, professional, and successful as a traditional on-site company, and even more so,” Sara Sutton Fell, the CEO of FlexJobs, told Forbes.
“In FlexJobs’ own virtual environment, we have built new and useful processes, learned how to collaborate creatively with each other, and grown a healthy, vibrant company culture, not in spite of our lack of headquarters, but largely because of it,” Fell added.
Here are three additional tech giants with generous work-from-home policies:
The global search and speech technology giant behind devices like Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri is always on the lookout for work-from-home hires.
From social media managers to voice technicians, Appen offers “work from home opportunities for exciting, flexible, short-term projects as well as full-time corporate opportunities,” according to their website.
And - not for nothing - they were named as one of the top flexible employers by Forbes for three years running.
From Customer Support to Software Engineering, Xerox employs more than 8,000 remote workers - and is constantly looking to hire more.
According to the Working Mother blog, Xerox ramped up its hiring in the spring and early summer of 2017, which is good news for job hunters.
In addition to flexible schedules, the company promotes lower commuting costs, comfortable work environments, and better work/life balance - as well as a support program for military vets returning from active duty.
Learn more about careers with Xerox here.
In mid-2016, computer manufacturer Dell started offering more flexible work options for 25% of its workforce.
"We're pushing a culture where it just doesn't matter," Mohammed Chahdi, the global director of the company’s HR Services, told CNN Money. “Your location simply doesn't matter anymore.”
Not only did the move help Dell save more than $12 million in labor costs, but work-from-home options also help employees balance time with their families, according to the news report.
Check out Dell’s current work-from-home openings here.
2017 is turning out to be the year that major players in the health insurance industry turn to flexible and remote work options.
From Cigna to United Health, most companies are hiring for remote positions, so be sure to check out FlexJobs for more outstanding employers in the healthcare industry. Here are two of the best to keep your eye on:
One of the best perks of working for this Hartford, CT-based insurer? A killer bonus package, writes Maria Carter at Woman’s Day.
“[Aetna’s] work-from-home jobs are eligible for all of Aetna's standard employee benefits, including medical, dental and vision coverage,” Carter reports.
“Aetna employees also have access to stock purchasing, on-site fitness centers, tuition assistance, and student loan assistance for those who qualify.”
Head over to Aetna’s careers page to discover what kinds of remote positions you can tackle today.
At Humana, remote workers range from in-home nurses to specialists in charge of managing care referrals.
And, according to CNN Money, the Atlanta-based insurer was one of the 20 companies offering the most full-time job postings in the country in 2016, topping the FlexJobs list of best work-from-home employers.
The company has also “received numerous workplace awards, including the Computerworld 100 Best Places to Work in IT, the Best Employer for Healthy Lifestyles award from the National Business Group, and a ranking of 58 on the Fortune 500 list,” reports John Rampton at Inc.
Check out Humana’s openings here.
Gone are the days of the customer call center as the only place for customer service agents to support the needs of consumers.
If you’re an expert in customer service and need flexible work hours, these three corporate mainstays could be the right place for you:
With the At Home Advisor program, Apple is changing the way we think about customer support.
According to Apple’s website, At Home Advisors are trained to provide customer support and to build personal connections with customers.
“When people contact us for help, an At Home Advisor is often the one who responds,” reads the site. “From your own home, you’ll be their human connection to Apple: friendly, thoughtful, and real.”
Think you have what it takes? Learn more about Apple At Home Advisors here.
For JetBlue, work-from-home employees are nothing new.
The innovative airline has hired customer service representatives for remote positions, like reservations agents and customer service representatives, for the past 13 years.
According to a CBS News story from 2004, the move helped the airline’s employees become more productive.
"The minute we made that transition their productivity was 25 percent better," CEO David Neeleman told CBS at the time. "Even today I can't figure out why more companies don't do it."
Today, the airline still makes the cut as one of FlexJobs’ best work-from-home employers. Check out JetBlue’s current openings here.
Unlike some other work-from-home opportunities, TeleTech employees don’t have to navigate the difficulties of being an independent contractor.
The business process outsourcing company hires people for full-time positions and offers good benefits, too - as long as you’re comfortable using chat and social media as part of your day job.
“As a TeleTech@Home associate, you'll use TeleTech's proprietary technology to support and assist customers with a variety of customer service and technical needs,” reads TeleTech’s website.
“This could include helping customers over the phone, via chat, or on social media. Best of all, you can do it all while wearing your slippers or flip flops!”
According to The Spruce, a lifestyle and parenting blog, the company offers quality assurance positions in addition to sales and customer service jobs.
“These agents monitor the calls of other agents to be sure customers are satisfied and that agents are adhering to client and company procedures,” explains Laureen Miles Brunelli.
Find out more about TeleTech’s open positions here.
Manage your family life and make good money with a flexible work-at-home position. Best of all, just about every industry offers opportunities for their employees to work out of the office.
You can even negotiate flexible work hours as part of your compensation package for a regular 9-to-5 desk job - yup, it’s that common!
Whether you’re a people person who loves to help solve problems or a tech wizard who can guide computer users to a solution, there’s a flexible job out there you’re sure to love.
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