That’s the way the song goes, anyway. But for millions of working moms and dads, the summertime presents unique challenges that make it anything but easy. It’s the time of the year when your kids are out of school, and that means juggling their schedules, making sure they get the care and attention they need while also ensuring that you’ve still got a job by the time September comes around. Throw in the expense of daycare, sitters, summer camps and favors owed to helpful neighbors and it starts to become a serious headache.
For moms and dads who are wondering how they can balance their career and their family, video conferencing may be the answer. Today’s video conferencing technology makes it easier than ever to “be at the office” without actually being at the office. This is huge news to parents of small children because it means that they won’t have to put their work or personal lives on hold during the long summer months, and can instead be both a diligent parent and an exceptional employee – both at the same time.
With video conferencing, you can connect instantly to the office wherever and whenever, meaning that you have the sort of face-to-face accountability that can’t be achieved when you’re only in contact via phone or email. Not only that, you can also connect via your mobile device over 3G or 4G networks, so even daytime errands are possible. You’ll be able to sit in the comfort of your home or be on-the-go, working productively while still keeping a watchful eye out on your children. Working from home also provides a more flexible schedule, so if you want to take your children on an excursion to the zoo, a trip to the doctor or spend an afternoon at the pool, you can wrap up whatever you’re doing and resume working on your own schedule. The days of the traditional 9-to-5 workday are over.
Video conferencing allows you to work from more places than just home. If you and your family are taking a summer vacation, you can still be in touch with the office, able to work on assignments part of the day and spend the rest at the beach, in the mountains, at a theme park, or practically anywhere else. The sky is – quite literally – the limit.
While parents see a distinct bonus in being able to work from home during the summer, it’s not just employees who benefit from the flexibility of telecommuting. Utility costs are at their highest during the peak months between May and September, and it costs a small fortune to cool both people and computers in the office during these months. Talk to your employer about the significant cost benefits of adopting a summer work-from-home alternative based around video calling technology. It is a great way to ensure you get to spend time at home with your kids while saving your company a boatload of money.
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– Dan Lothringer
Dan is a contributing writer for VideoConferencingSpot.com.