Achieving Balance: Working from Home at Express Scripts
April 29, 2013 | Allison Dietz
Many of the positions I recruit for at Express Scripts are virtual or work from home. This is a fantastic benefit that Express Scripts and many companies offer. Job seekers may be surprised to find out that we offer opportunities to work from home for a variety of positions, including nurses and pharmacists. At Express Scripts, we see our ability to offer work from home options for a variety of positions as a competitive advantage when seeking talent.
It is important to point out that working from home presents its challenges and is not for everyone. It requires you to find a balance between work and home life. You feel the same pressures as someone who gets up and goes into the office every morning. Employers put a lot of trust in their employees’ work ethic and sense of responsibility when they offer this option. It is important that you understand and live up to the expectations of your job. Make the most of the opportunity – for yourself and your employer.
So, when looking for a virtual job or considering a move to work-from-home, take your personal situation into account and assess if you have the right environment to make this work for you and your employer. Here are some things to keep in mind about working from home:
- It really is work. The biggest myth is that virtual employees do less work. My internal clients that work from home tell me that they put in extra time because they value this benefit so much. Our employees are held to the same productivity measures whether they are in the typical work setting or at home. Many companies that offer a virtual work environment have a policy in place; you should make sure you are familiar with your company’s policy.
- Be available. Make sure you utilize communications tools – such as instant messaging – and are available to colleagues who may be trying to reach you. It is the equivalent of someone being able to walk up to your desk at work. Express Scripts, like many other companies moves at a fast pace and you do not want to be out-of-mind because you are out-of-sight.
- Be professional. You would not have your dog barking in the background or your child clamoring for attention when you are at the office, and it is equally inappropriate at home. You home office is an extension of your office at work. Plain and simple.
- Be focused. E-mails and phone calls when you are at the office can be distracting. But truthfully, there are probably many more distractions at home. Be “present.” One way to do this is to follow the same routine you would if you were going into your work setting. This will help you develop a “work” mindset and make sure you are performing at your best.
- Be realistic. The at home setting may not be the best fit for you. Often when I recruit for virtual jobs, I ask candidates about prior experiences working from home to understand how this has worked out for them in the past.
In summary, there are a lot of things to take into consideration when assessing a work from home opportunity. It’s a good idea to think about these things the next time you embark on a job search.
As Jenny Foss, a recruiter, career coach and founder of the career blog JobJenny.com, points out, successfully working from home depends almost entirely on the individual. If you are one of those people and are looking for career options that allow you to work from home, check out our current openings.« Bust a Move| Welcome »