“So how long did it take you to get here?”
Sound familiar? If you’re tired of trading war stories of your daily drive to work, then it’s time to find a company that feels your pain and helps you avoid the curse of the commute. But how do you go about finding that perfect company? And how do you know if telecommuting is right for you? The information below can help you decide your next move, and maybe your next employer.
Fortune 500 employers know telecommuting can increase job satisfaction
According to a World at Work survey, 68% of survey respondents agreed that increased employee satisfaction is the impact of their company’s flexibility programs. However, that doesn’t guarantee all telecommuting experiences are good. How can you evaluate which companies will provide a positive experience?
Here’s what to look for:
- Long history of offering telecommuting, not just “trying it out”
- Formal policy and procedures on telework
- Leadership experienced with managing virtual workers
- Culture that welcomes and engages virtual vocations
Are you ready to connect with employers who have a long history of fostering telecommuting work arrangements? Explore our list of 40 Virtual Companies That Embrace Telecommuters.
Latest trend: Fortune 500 companies empower more employees to telecommute
Fortune 500 companies employ 27.9 million people worldwide. To attract and retain the best talent across the world, deal with time zone limitations, and increase job satisfaction, most offer telecommuting positions. However, all Fortune 500 companies are not created equal—some companies provide more telecommuting opportunities than others. But which ones? We’ve done the research for you!
To find out more about these telecommute-friendly employers, including illustrations of their most recent hiring trends and current remote job openings for each employer, click on the company names below.
Fortune 500 companies that offer an increased percentage of telecommuting jobs
- UnitedHealth Group
- Amazon.com, Inc.
- Aetna, Inc.
- American Express Company
- Xerox Corporation
- Oracle Corporation
- Anthem, Inc.
- Apple, Inc.
- McKesson Corporation
- Thermo Fisher Scientific
- GE – General Electric
- Wells Fargo
- AmerisourceBergen Corporation
- The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc.
Quick profiles of the top three Fortune 500 telecommuting trendsetters
UnitedHealth Group, the top ranking employer in the insurance and managed care sector for Fortune’s 2016 “World’s Most Admired Companies,” is a diversified health and well-being company dedicated to helping people live healthier lives and making the health system work better for everyone. It has two distinct areas of its business: UnitedHealthcare, which provides healthcare coverage and benefits services; and Optum, which provides information and technology-enabled health services.
With over 10,000 employees globally, the company offers full-time, part-time and remote job opportunities. UnitedHealth Group is such a telecommuting powerhouse that it is our Top Telecommute-Friendly Company for the year so far, with more than three times as many telecommute job openings as any other employer.
Amazon.com, Inc. is the largest online retailer in the world, which means your skill-set should be a fit somewhere within this company, as it offers traditional and online books, electronics, furniture, apparel, music, movies, and a vast selection of other products. It also now serves as an e-commerce and publishing partner, content creator, development platform, and digital platform innovator. Based in Seattle, Washington, Amazon.com is a Fortune 100 company that, as of May 2016, had a total of 230,800 employees. As an employer, Amazon.com offers full-time, part-time, and remote job opportunities.
3. Aetna, Inc.
With over 10,000 employees worldwide, Aetna, Inc. is about more than just doing a job: their mission is helping to improve health care. If this feels like a company you’d like to be a part of, Aetna offers full-time, part-time and remote positions. From health reform to student programs and health insurance administration, there are many opportunities to make a difference at Aetna.
These are just a few of the companies that are increasing their percentage of postings to work remotely. But now you may be wondering which career industry is best for telecommuting?
The best industries for remote work — does your current career make the grade?
If you’re a receptionist greeting people all day, or a CFO who needs to provide input on every discussion that impacts funding, then you should to be in attendance at the office on a daily basis. However, telecommute-friendly career fields encompass a number of industries you may find surprising.
As part of Virtual Vocations’ 2016 Telecommuting ‘Top 10’ Mid-Year Report, we examined the most popular career industries for telecommuting, based on the number of remote job openings posted to our Telecommute Jobs Database from January 1 – June 30, 2016.
Best career industries for telecommuting
- Information Technology
- Healthcare (including Nursing)
- Education (including Teaching)
- Account Management
- Project Management
- Customer Service
Are you telecommuting material?
You may find the best telecommute job with a top employer, but it’s all for naught if you’re not happy working from home. See if you would be a good fit for the telecommuting work model by answering “yes” or “no” to each question.
- Need people and activity to stay energized?
- Need a visual break and time break to switch gears from work to home?
- Need face-to-face rather than phone or Skype conversations to understand issues?
- Need friends at work and going out to lunch to feel connected?
- Need to put on a suit or work clothes to help you “get into” the work mode?
If you answered NO to two or more of these questions, you’re ready to telecommute. But even if you answered yes to all of these questions, a telecommuting job can still be right for you—especially since working from home isn’t an all or nothing situation. You may even surprise yourself and find that you’re more productive at home without constant interruptions, Fantasy Football league invites, and March Madness discussions around the water cooler.
It’s time to increase your job satisfaction
Now is the time to find a company that will increase your motivation and engagement—an employer that is well versed in providing telework opportunities.
Start your telecommute job search with the Fortune 500 telecommuting trendsetters featured above, and by exploring the thousands of vacant, verified telecommute job posting featured in our Telecommute Jobs Database. You may discover your next job today!
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