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JUL 2018

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22 JULY 2018 ■ THE PAYROLL CHANNEL The Pros & Cons of Working From Home By Isaac M. O'Bannon, Managing Editor Job seekers are enticed by work from home options but are aware of the pitfalls, suggests new research from global staffing firm Robert Half. More than three quarters of professionals surveyed (77 percent) said they are more likely to accept a job offer if there’s the possibility of telecommuting at least some of the time. Those in San Francisco and Los Angeles are most likely to seek this perk. Survey: 77 Percent of Employees Attracted to Jobs with Telecommuting Options Professionals in Los Angeles and San Francisco find remote work options most attractive Salt Lake City and Pittsburgh workers are least concerned with the option to telecommute Workers cite abusing the benefit and isolation as greatest downsides of telecommuting A previous Robert Half survey found San Francisco has one of the longest average commutes in the U.S., and Los Angeles the most stressful commute. “High employment levels mean more people are on the roads traveling to and from their jobs, which increases traffic and makes working remotely more appealing,” said Paul McDonald, senior executive director for Robert Half. “Employees want the ability to telecommute for various reasons — for some it’s flexibility in their schedule, for others it’s about saving time and money. Companies that promote these options are more likely to attract top candidates in a competitive employment market.” The top drawbacks of telecommuting, according to the survey, include people abusing the benefit (22 percent), feeling isolated and missing a team environment (22 percent), and strained interpersonal relationships due to lack of face time (17 percent). “Work-from-home arrangements are most successful when employers set clear parameters and invest in technology, such as videoconferencing, to help remote personnel feel like they are part of the team,” McDonald said. Additional advice about how to make alternative work arrangements successful can be found on the Robert Half blog: LATEST PAYROLL NEWS 4 Ways to Plan for Rising Healthcare Costs in Retirement. A healthy 65-year-old couple retiring this year will need $280,000 to cover their health costs in retirement. HR Departments Focusing on Engagement and Company Culture. Today's HR leaders continue to have strategic influence with their organization's C-suite. Employees Can Now Choose Their Own Payday. Employees can get paid for work they've already completed, independent of their employer's payroll schedule. The Worst Tippers: Millennials, Men and Southerners. Overall, the restaurant tipping sweet-spot is 20%, as noted by more than 2 in 5 (42%) respondents. How the "Hollywood Model" of Work Could Change HR and Accounting. By hiring independent contractors who are experts in specific fields, businesses can get the talent they need to complete projects on a case-by-case basis. THIS MONTH'S TOP PAYROLL SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS ■ How Companies are Creating Flexible Work Arrangements. Zenefits HR Blog. ■ 3 Unexpected Things I Learned from Parental Leave. Gusto Blog. ■ How to Give a Payroll Advance. Patriot Payroll Blog. ■ Should You Offer PTO? HR Payroll Systems Blog. ■ Promoting Good Mental Health in the Workplace. Landrum HR Blog.

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