While the perks of working a job with a flexible or remote schedule are many, it never hurts to be reminded of some of the best possible ways to make the most of your flexible work situation, should you happen to be in one.
Here are a few of the best benefits that come from working a flexible schedule job:
1. You can work when you’re at your best.
Let’s be honest—not everyone is a morning person. Some people slump after lunch and others really excel when the pressure is on to get something done in the hour before the traditional workday is done. While working a flexible schedule still means you have deadlines to meet, as long as you keep those overarching deadlines in mind, when you complete the actual work is usually up to you. (In other words, night owls, rejoice!)
2. You can discreetly work in your personal needs.
People who work in a flexible schedule situation still need to make sure they are taking as much time as possible to get their jobs done well and on time. However, there is a certain amount of wiggle room that comes with this type of gig. For example, if it’s super important to you that you pick up your kids at school every day, a flexible job will likely allow you to do so, then to continue working when you get back home or to the office.
3. You can set up your own best practices.
Perhaps you’ve always known that you work best when you can take a brisk walk around the block for 15 minutes every two hours. Or maybe you really need to listen to Queen loudly and on repeat in order to do your best coding. While habits like these might be frowned upon in an actual office setting, when you work a flexible or remote job, fitting in the best routines for your ultimate productivity shouldn’t be a problem at all.
4. You can pick and choose your outings.
People who work flexible schedules might be required to attend certain meetings at specific times, but outside of those responsibilities, working a flexible schedule often gives you the ability to pick and choose which additional workplace gatherings you’d like to attend. Staying connected with your team will actually be very important if you work a remote or flexible job, so ensuring that you do attend as many get-togethers as you can will be integral to being a team player.
5. You can take some time to cool off.
One of the best possible perks of working a flexible schedule is the ability to take some time to cool off when things get heated. It’s happened to the best of us—our colleague comes back at us after a presentation with some feedback that we find entirely unnecessary or unhelpful. If you have a flexible schedule or work remotely, you can take some time away from your coworker and craft an appropriate response that will avoid having everyone walk on eggshells afterwards.
There’s a lot to love about working a remote or flexible job. If you’re in the market for a remote or flexible schedule yourself, check out FlexJobs’ listings of flexible schedule jobs, which are updated daily!