What matters to you as an employee?

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Community Leader
Registered: 06-06-2001
What matters to you as an employee?
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Fri, 12-14-2012 - 11:17am

During one of my flights this week, I read an article about retaining employees, flexibility, perks, etc., and I am wondering if you all get perks that keep you at your current jobs.  I work from home and travel for my position.  I'm a permanent salaried employee. I had thought when I started this job that working from home would be great, that travelling would be great, and that getting reimbursed for internet and cell phone service would be great, but I will say that paying for travel and waiting at least two weeks for reimbursement is not great. It's been a struggle for me all year to be able to keep working while finding time to complete and submit expense reports.  I still have expenses to submit before the end of the year.  I'm also standing to lose over two weeks of PTO; so, the time off mentioned as a benefit when I started this job isn't really much of a benefit.

I know there are pros and cons to all jobs, but is your job heavier on the pros side?  I hope so!  Let us know!

http://www.trackvia.com/blog/productivity/findings_employee_happiness

Liz


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Avatar for CMEvelyn
iVillage Member
Registered: 05-29-2012
Fri, 12-21-2012 - 2:42pm

It sounds like your job working from home isn't all you thought it would be, but is it better or worse than working in an office? Do the pros outweigh the cons, or would you rather go back to working in an office?

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Community Leader
Registered: 06-06-2001
Fri, 12-28-2012 - 11:01am

I'm not sure, Evelyn. I do appreciate the flexibility when I have it, but there are weeks when I definitely don't feel like I have much personal time to myself at all--this is usually when I'm travelling which is fairly often.

I'm not happy with my current company's policies regarding paid time off, of which I'm losing over 100 hours at this point. My line manager said she'd ask for it to roll over, but I haven't heard about any outcome of her request and based on another manager's telling of his situation to me, I'm not super hopeful that I'll be allowed to keep my paid time off.  It's been frustrating that I couldn't even take the PTO I wanted to take last week since I was required to travel to a particular site one more time before the end of the year, and this week, we've all been forced to use our PTO due to the US offices closing for the holiday week.  It's odd and not really a favorable situation for the employees in my opinion.

Plus, I'm frustrated with the expense report completion and reimbursement processes. I feel like I'm living paycheck to paycheck despite earning a decent income because of paying in advance for work travel and waiting weeks to get reimbursement. Car rental companies and hotels authorize large chunks of money, usually much above the actual costs, and it takes away from usable credit lines, too. I feel strapped most of the time which is not a pleasant feeling for me.

On the other hand, I'm happy to be able to spend time with my dogs when I am working from home. I do enjoy racking up frequent flier miles, though I don't know when I'll be able to use them. I do like changing weather based on my travel to sites like Texas and California and even to Washington state--it's sometimes nice to have warmth in January that I wouldn't get in Colorado. I also like the per diem money I get for food on travel days--I just need to be sure to get the expense reports turned into accounts payable quickly to make sure I get reimbursed.

I still need to think about my situation and whether I really want to change companies or possibly change my working role.

Thanks!

Liz


Clinical Research Associate


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