Written by Joni Tamayo-Wilson

The holiday season is upon us and as we reflect on this past 12 months, I find myself being truly grateful of life events that create memories and stories to tell for years to come.   I remember when I was my son's age (12 years old) and watching my parents take care of my grandparents.  This "sandwich" generation is now where I am today.  I have a son that has entered middle school with all its challenges in addition to making sure my father is maintaining his health and independence.  The difference from when I was growing up is the technology of keeping in touch with family.  I wouldn't say it is much easier to be in the "sandwich" generation but with the smartphones and other means to communicate with family, the daily texts and calls feel like we are living in the same place.  Telecommuting has been around for years and with integrating online cloud storage systems and virtual office platforms, the business needs and family needs can be manageable.   I have always believed in a work/life balance and in our business world today, we can have both.

I recently came upon this article about telecommuting.  The trends appear to show that telecommuting is increasing its ground with businesses.  I am curious to see where the trend will be over the next five years:

https://blog.ifebp.org/index.php/telecommuting-who-offers-what-why

Leave your comments below on your thoughts about telecommuting.

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