If you want to reap the benefits of working from home but aren’t sure you’re ready to completely cut out from an office environment, parttime telework may offer the best of both worlds. Working from home just a day or two each week can give you the work-life flexibility you’re looking for and relief from the daily grind of commuting. Going into the office on the other days may be all you need to still feel connected and able to take on high-level projects and advance through the ranks. A recent national poll found that 59% of U.S. workers consider part-time telework to be the ideal work situation.
Part-time telework isn’t for everyone though. It will require you to think ahead and plan your workday more carefully
than if you always worked in one place. And, you’ll need to be able to separate the tasks you can do at home—like sketching or number-crunching—from work that can be done only at the office. You’ll also have to set aside enough work to fill up your time at home, and make sure you take all the necessary materials home with you (like electronic files or important documents). If you have trouble planning ahead, perhaps full-time telework would actually be better for you than part-time.