One thing that can make a long commute all the more grueling is knowing that it’s robbing you of time with family.
That was precisely the case for the subject of this week’s FlexJobs success story.
Her time-sucking commute came an to end, though, when she found a remote marketing job and more time in her daily schedule.
Let’s face it, commuting costs can take a huge toll.
Your commute can feel like a waste of time that feeds resentment about your job, and adds to an overall stressed-out state of being. For Joann H., our success story subject, it was all too much. She was able to scrap the commute thanks to her full-time, remote position as a digital marketing senior manager for RSA Security, the security division of Dell, the global computer technology company.
Farewell to a Long Commute
Joann, who identified as a member of gen X, lives in New Orleans, Louisiana. In her previous job, she was devoting a big chunk of her week to just getting to and from the office. “I was commuting almost three hours a day and spending too much time away from my family,” Joann said.
Said otherwise, Joann’s commute added nearly two additional workdays to her week. Her commute was significantly longer than most. A nationwide study found that Americans, on average, spend 100 hours a year commuting—more time than most spend on vacation.
More Time for Family and Personal Pursuits
Joann’s full-time, remote marketing job has given her newfound work flexibility that’s making a big difference for her and her loved ones—and she’s become more productive to boot. “I can use the time I was spending commuting to be with family, exercise, and even spend more time actually working vs. sitting in a car,” she said.
The benefits of working from home have been an all-around boon, Joann said. “I have the flexibility to be present at family functions when needed,” she said. In general, her remote job has meant “less stress and more quality time with family.” She noted that her expenses have plummeted because she uses less gas, has less wear and tear on her car, and has diminished nanny and child-care needs.
Inspiring Insights for Other Job Seekers
Part of Joann’s strategy for finding job search success involved using FlexJobs along with other online resources to bolster her efforts. “In conjunction with FlexJobs, I used Glassdoor’s interview section to get sample interview questions for the companies I was talking to,” she said. “I also used their salary research for negotiation purposes.”
Using FlexJobs broadened Joann’s knowledge of the range of flexible jobs in the marketplace. “I had no idea there was an entire world full of companies—GREAT companies—that offer remote work options,” she wrote. “I would never go to work in an office again.”
Overall, Joann told us she was “very pleased with FlexJobs,” so much so that she would recommend it to other job seekers looking to work flexibly. “Do it!” she wrote. “Try it for a month. You spend more on a couple of Starbucks runs. It is totally worth it.”
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