What is Flexible Working? Different Types of Flexible Working Arrangements for Work from Home Women

While in the US and other Western countries, flexible working has become a norm for most professional men and women, in India, the concept of flexible working is slowly picking up in the country’s job market. There are few organisations who are opting for flexible working professionals instead of full time employees. This has become a blessing for professional women, who otherwise have to give up their jobs for family obligations, maternal instincts or for any other reasons.

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But what is flexible working?

Flexible working is an arrangement when an employee’s working schedule is customized to suit the employee’s needs and is an alternative to traditional fixed number of working hours. As a professional working woman, if you plan to opt for flexi-timing or flexible working hours, then you should know the various types of flexible working arrangements available and whether your employer provides those arrangements or not.

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What To Do When You Are On A Career Break?

Top 9 Exciting Things To Do

You are in that professional phase of your life when you feel that your job is dragging you, your job has become monotonous for you, and no longer exciting as earlier. What to do next? Either you change your job or you take a career break. Although taking a career break is not a very easy decision, yet for those who have already made up their mind, there are many ways by which you can make the best use of this break and make it more fruitful and enjoyable.

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Top 9 Exciting Things to do When You are on a Career Break

  1. Do not regret: First of all, you should never regret your decision. Not many people can think of a career break. So you must consider yourself lucky to be able to make this decision, taking in mind your finances, family relationships and of course your inner self. But, always remember to be able to use the time in an appropriate manner, instead of letting it pass by just like any other day.
  2. Rekindle your interest, passion and hobby: Do you have any childhood passion? It can be anything: sports, music, acting, singing, dancing, teaching, cooking, crocheting, painting, tailoring and many more. This is the time, you can go back to your hobbies and infact you can also attend classes related to your interest. It is said that when you fulfil your passion or hobby, it makes you a complete person. This also helps you in your job when you join back because it shows your inherent desire to try, learn and relearn something that you are passionate about.
  3. Travel around the globe: There is nothing like getting a good chance to travel around the world. Imagine, you don’t have to apply for leave, you can travel whenever you want to as per your convenience without thinking about work, and you can even travel during off-season time. Make use of this break to travel to some of the exciting places that you have in your mind. Explore new places, new food, new culture, language and many more exciting things.
  4. Be adventurous: Try out new things that you had never tried in your life so far. May be you can try adventurous sports like bungee jumping or paragliding, or maybe you can try trekking or rafting. The idea is to challenge something that you are not comfortable with it. Otherwise, you might end up spending your career break period doing nothing and just lazing around.
  5. Upgrade your skills: The career break time period is the best time to review at your current skills, career aspirations, and new developments in the job market. You can undergo training to learn a new programming language or to design a new software or take up a new course of study. But, whenever you take up a new training program or course, make sure you get the training from a reliable source, who gives you certification of the same at the end of the program. There are many online training programs  offered by GharSeNaukri.com that you can avail yourself to learn at the comforts of your home.
  6. Work from home: There are many who take a career break, just for taking care of the kids or due to some family obligations. Under such circumstances, you may consider options to work from home. There are companies and specialised job portals like as www.gharsenaukri.com showcasing freelancing job opportunities, flexible jobs, part-time options, and project-based work. Register on the site to find the best possible fit with your requirements.
  7. Relax: While you have ample time for yourself during the career break, do not over exert yourself by indulging in lot many activities that interest you. Relax. Medicate. Do yoga. Exercise. Get yourself some ”ME” time just to relax yourself.
  8. Volunteer: Explore volunteering works. This will give you a chance to go out of your home for fixed hours and this can also help you to back into the work routine when you join back. Skill based volunteering works in NGOs helps you to keep yourself productive, sharpen your skills and also help you to contribute to a worthy cause.
  9. Consider entrepreneurship: Last but not the least, one best option for someone taking a career break to make it more worthwhile is to opt for entrepreneurship. Why not launch your own venture? This is not a very easy option but it is always better to take risk in life. You never know when such a risk taking decision gives you the best results. If you are good at any skill, convert it into a business idea. WomenInBusiness.in is a unique portal designed for women entrepreneurs of the country. Register on the site, display your product and wait for genuine queries. This online platform explores the world of opportunities for women having any.


Flexible Employment in India: A Rising Trend

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The increase in flexible employment is a trend that is seen for quite some time now in many countries, including India. Why there has been a rise in flexible staffing in a country like India where people till a few years back were accustomed to a regular 9 to 6 job?

What is flexible employment?

Flexible working is a method of working that is customized to suit the needs of the employee. It is an alternative to traditional set pattern of working for 8 to 9 hours. The best part is that the employees can work from home or at flexible hours or for a limited time period for a particular project. For employers, the advantage is that you hire employees for a temporary period, which in turn reduces the operational and management costs of permanent employees. In a report published in Livemint (CIETT Economic Report 2016, Motilal Oswal Securities), while the average global flexi staffing penetration was at approximately 1.6%, India’s flexi staffing penetration was just at approximately 0.5%. However, the scenario will be a much better one with the recent implementation of the goods and services tax (GST) and the Indian organized flexi-staffing sector is set to grow much bigger as more and more organizations in India are nowadays opting for flexible staffing.

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How will GST help?

With GST scenario, the organizations or the clients can take input tax credit from the government only if the flexible staffing agency that provides services the client pays the service tax to the government. This will compel more and more firms to move to staffing agencies that are organized and comply with rules and pay taxes.

Benefits of flexible staffing

According to the opinion of expert analysts at Motilal Oswal Securities Ltd, if the central government takes up exhaustive labour law reform, flexi staffing is expected to be relatively cheaper. According to brokerage firm Ambit Capital Pvt. Ltd, flexible staffing is much more cheaper than permanent recruitment which includes the cost on an average life time of an employee in an organization.

Flexible employment is beneficial in both ways: Firms hiring flexi staffing services are benefitted as it will save on employee costs and it also has the flexibility of hiring as and when required. Firms offering flexible services or individuals on flexible jobs also gain as they can work on more than one project as per their convenient time and can earn more.

Madan Sabnavis, chief economist at CARE Ratings pointed out that in the present scenario in the country where job opportunities are not going hand-in-hand with the rise in the working population, a rise in temporary staffing, flexible jobs, part-time jobs should be seen as a positive sign as it is always better to remain employed for few months than to remain completely unemployed. It is also seen that one-fifth of the employees who take up temporary jobs get absorbed into the organization sooner or later.

Rising trend

Organisations in today’s age need to be more flexible so as to accommodate market changes. The flexible staffing market in India is on its way for rapid growth and in few years, Indian staffing market will be the largest in the world. According to industry reports, the temporary or flexible jobs’ workforce is likely to account for 10% of the country’s formal sector employment by 2025. India has one of the largest flexi staffing employee numbers in the world, next only to China and the US. India can very well surpass other countries considering the size of temporary staff employed in the organised sector in the next 10 years.

Indian organizations of various industry domains are hiring employees on a contract basis nowadays. Though such contractual jobs are usually of jobs at the lower end of the hierarchy, like as accounting, sales, data entry, backend operations, and regular administrative tasks, however flexible job recruitment has also started to include mid-and senior-level roles in IT, engineering and retail sector among others. The retail sector is expected to grow at 10 to 12% per annum, making it the most lucrative option for a huge growth in flexible staffing. At present, the government of India employs a temporary workforce of about 12.3 million and this figure is expected to grow more. Contract staffing in the IT and ITES industry is also likely to increase from 10 to 20% in the next few years.

Needless to say, firms which are engaged in the flexi staffing business in India will benefit.

GharSeNaukri.com is one of the leading job portals in the country, specially designed keeping in mind the women professionals of our country. If you are looking for flexible jobs, part-time jobs, work from home jobs, register on the site today and apply for jobs in relation to your qualification, experience and skill.

10 Success Tips for a Work from Home Mom

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Work from home is one of the latest trends in today’s age. Infact, in the USA, there are millions of Americans working from home, with occasional visits to their head offices and making their homes their primary offices. In India, the work-from-home concept is still at a nascent stage and is more popular for women than men. Work life balance is the new mantra for modern women today. There is a myth that work-from-home women professionals are not as successful as their colleagues working on-site. Working from home and maintaining a perfect balance between professional and personal lives can be a very successful one for women provided they know what to do, when and how.

Given below are few tips for a successful career for a work-from-home mom:
1. Set a time schedule: The first basic rule is to set a time schedule for work and following this schedule regularly. This helps you to get into the work mode in a systematic manner and allows you to stay on work throughout the day. Flexibility is one prime reason for which women prefer to work from home nowadays. But even then, it is better to make a routine and stick to it, though it should not be a binding one and make way for flexible arrangement as and when required.

2. Create an office space: Before starting your work from home, make sure that you have a personal space for yourself. Maybe the corner of your bedroom (if you have a little baby) or a study room or the backyard of your home or may be a store room. But, whichever space you choose, make sure that you can convert it into a small workspace. Remember, you don’t need many things: you just need a flat work surface, a chair, a laptop, your phone and a storage cabinet. Creating a personalized space for office work keeps your home organized, gives you the feeling of “working” in an office environment and helps keep you focused in your work. Separate work space from family space.

3. Dress up for work: Since you work from home, you feel that you are free to work in your night suit and pajamas, as there is no dress code. But this should not be the case. It is important that you start your work with fresh mind and a keep a positive mental outlook. It is better to look good and feel good while working. So dress up well for your work.

4. Proper infrastructure: Two basic things that are essential requirements to be successful while working from home are to have a reliable phone and a fast Internet connection. The reason being these are your connections to your employer for whom you are working. You must be available for your employer as and when required. Hence, your phone must always be fully charged and your Internet must be fast enough for speedy downloading of important documents and mails.

5. Stay in touch with your boss and co-workers: Communication is vey essential for a successful work-from-home career. You are given your task list for the month or the week and you always deliver your work on time while working from home. But, do not forget the old adage: “Out of sight, out of mind”. It is important to stay in touch with your boss and co-workers. Communication with your employer, be it for work or for personal greetings in special occasions, is very essential to be successful when you are a remote worker. It is important to stay connected.

6. Avoid distractions: There is a myth that it is easy to work from home. The real truth is that it is not so easy to work from home as when you are at home, you have hundreds of other thoughts and household works in your mind which can distract you from your actual work. The thumb rule here is that just as you schedule your office work time, schedule your time for other household works too. Try completing part of your household chores in the morning before you start your office work. Take a break for lunch, do some small household task, take rest for some time and then resume your work. Once your office work gets over in the evening, complete your other tasks. This way, you can avoid distractions and keep your mind under control. Fix time for different activities.

7. Show professionalism: You should not give up your professional attitude when you work from home. Be professional in your work as well as in your appearance and behavior. If you need to attend a video conferencing, make sure that you have a clean space dedicated for it, away from home clutter. Deliver your work on time to maintain professionalism.

8. Expand your circle: When you work from home, you usually tend to isolate yourself. You get busy with your work and home. But, do not forget to build your network and maintain relationships. Get in touch with people who are in the same type of jobs as yours, not only from the organization in which you are working but also from other organizations. Maintaining your network is very essential to be successful when you work from home.

9. Manage your mobile phone: While you will need your mobile phone for managing your office work, make sure it does not distract you. So no Facebook or WhatsApp during office work. Infact, it is better to turn off any notifications that might distract your attention while you are working. You can check these messages once you are done with your work.

10. To-Do list: Last but not the least, it is always better to keep a To-Do List. Maintain a diary for your personal and household works and an excel sheet for your office work. Don’t miss out on anything important. Mark them in your calendar. Create your own deadlines. There might be circumstances when your kids will become a priority against your work. Nothing wrong in that. Be flexible.

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