"The great news is remote work options are -- and have been -- on the upswing within companies," according to Sara Sutton Fell, founder and CEO of FlexJobs. And this really is great news, both for employees and employers. Remote work, also commonly referred to as WFH (working from home), has proved to increase worker productivity and enhance work-life balance in many cases.
Over the past six years I personally have worked from home. I love it and want everyone to have the flexibility that I’ve had. Although it takes discipline to actually do so, it can be a great way to work for amazing companies, all while staying in the comfort of your pajamas. (I will also have to admit, in the six years I’ve worked from home I can count on one hand how many times I’ve actually worked in my pajamas.)
Whether you want to work at your house in your pajamas, from your local coffee shop, or while traveling the world, the following tech, health care, customer service, and education companies can help you achieve your WFH aspirations.
Computer and Tech
Tech giant Apple has an At Home Advisor position that allows employees to work remotely as customer support agents. The role, according to the company's description, allows employees to be heroic from the comfort of their own home by translating technology into a language customers can understand.
The position offers benefits such as employee discounts, the opportunity to grow with Apple, and a free iMac to use while working from home. The job is also a great gig for college students, who can schedule their work around classes.
Xerox has an extensive WFH program of over 8,000 home-based employees, which is known as the Virtual Workforce Program. Home-based employees are involved in a variety of functions, including customer care, tech support, quality control, software development, and much more.
The company acknowledges many benefits of its Virtual Workforce Program for employees: They have lower commuting costs, a comfortable work environment, and a better work/life balance, which increases job satisfaction.
Although Dell is headquartered in Round Rock, Texas, the company offers employee work options that include flextime, remote work, job sharing, part-time work, and compressed workweeks.
Current openings for flexible jobs at Dell include senior-adviser, engineer, and executive positions.
Toptal is a talent network that connects the top 3 percent of software developers with remote work. But the coolest part is that Toptal's internal team of engineers is completely distributed as well. Toptal has no offices whatsoever. Everyone at the company -- from the CEO down to new hires -- works remotely.
You can apply as a developer or browse openings on the internal team where everyone works remotely. No matter how you apply, you can start a career of completely distributed, remote work.
Loot offers a WFH position where you complete different actions for your
favorite brands, such as taking pictures or sharing content on Facebook and Twitter. The more you work, the more you’ll get paid. This is more of a gig
type of job.
You have to download the company app to apply.
Freelancer.com is a website where you can sign up and get paid for your skills. It has thousands of open jobs where you as a freelancer can work from home in your pajamas.
Although most positions are not salaried, there are many jobs that offer near full-time work with flexible hours. This is more of a freelancer type of job where many projects are done on spec.
Aetna is a health care company with over 100 office locations. However, more than 4 percent of its employees telecommute. For Aetna, a working environment is not just about a physical space. It’s about feeling connected to others, having a flexible schedule, and staying healthy.
Aetna employees work to improve health care quality, lower costs, and connect people to the health information they need.
8. UnitedHealth Group
Over 20 percent of UnitedHealth Group's employees make use of the company's telecommuting option. Many of the company's WFH positions are for nurses who can visit patients at home, but other opportunities include contract-manager, Medicaid-specialist, auditor, analyst, consultant, and medical-coder positions.
Potential employees can learn more by checking out current openings and selecting "Yes" under the drop-down menu for "Telecommuter Positions."
Humana has 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.
Job seekers can search career options to find telecommuting positions such as consultant, engineer, manager, and more.
ADP is one of the world's largest providers of business-outsourcing and human-capital management solutions. The company offers a number of full-time, flex, or at-home positions, as well as onsite part-time work.
Amazon offers many virtual positions for potential employees living in certain areas. One amazing opportunity is through the company's Virtual Contact Center, which allows employees to work from home with just a high-speed internet connection, a working landline, and a PC.
Unfortunately, for now, VCC positions are available only in Arizona, Kentucky, Texas, West Virginia, Delaware, Minnesota, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, North Carolina, Tennessee, Wisconsin, and Virginia.
TeleTech offers many career paths for telecommuters with a flexible work environment. The program, called TeleTech@Home, has positions for employees who support and assist customers with a variety of service and technical needs, as well as those who carry out back-office functions including chat and social media.
One of my neighbors when I was growing up worked from home for JetBlue. She loved it. The company offers flexible work-from-home schedules for stay-at-home parents and individuals who live in certain states. The airline was named one of the 25 best places to work by Forbes.
14. K12 Inc.
K12 is an education company that provides web-based interactive classes and learning modules for students in elementary through high school. K12 has offered many full-time, part-time, and telecommuting work opportunities in the past, and you can check out current offerings on its career page.
Kaplan combines entrepreneurial spirit with education by finding innovative ways to help people learn. Kaplan has more than 300 locations in 30 countries, but employees also have the option to work remotely.
Kaplan employs over 31,000 individuals, many of whom telecommute. You can explore opportunities in management, teaching, customer service, marketing, and much more through the company's site.
New companies in multiple industries are adding options to work from home all the time. Even if tech, health care, human resources, customer service, or education isn't for you, you might be in luck soon enough. As more and more companies and employees catch on to the benefits of WFH, opportunities are expanding, and your vertical could be next.
Are you in a company that allows employees to work from home? If so, add your company in the comments below!