flexible work schedule http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/13254/all en-US 10 Great Jobs for College Students http://www.wisebread.com/10-great-jobs-for-college-students <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-great-jobs-for-college-students" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/college students.jpg" alt="College students" title="College students" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>September is coming to a close, you&rsquo;ve moved in to your dorm room or apartment, and you&rsquo;ve probably settled into the routine of your classes. Now perhaps you&rsquo;re wondering how to score a little extra cash so you can go on a dinner date instead of eating cereal for dinner as usual. Better yet, how can you make a little money but learn some valuable skills at the same time? The following jobs offer a flexible schedule as well as the potential to add some meat to your resume. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-credit-cards-for-college-students">The 5 Best Credit Cards for College Students</a>)</p> <h2>1. Tutor</h2> <p>Tutoring is an excellent job for a college student. The hours are usually flexible, and the pay is often excellent. In addition, you can learn some valuable presentation and communication skills by teaching a child or teenager &mdash; if you can explain algebra to a 16-year-old, what can&rsquo;t you do? You may tutor a pupil one-on-one in their home or teach larger classes at a learning center.</p> <h2>2. ESL Teacher</h2> <p>If you can speak English, you can likely teach it. Consider getting certified in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL classes are usually available on a part-time basis or through intensive summer courses), which will allow you to work for a language school either at home or abroad. This part-time work can be parlayed into a summer job or full-time job after you graduate, and even if you don&rsquo;t pursue it further, you&rsquo;ve gained important presentation, public speaking, and communication skills.</p> <h2>3. Yoga/Fitness Instructor</h2> <p>Passionate about yoga, Pilates, or some other fitness program? Instead of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/where-to-find-free-or-cheap-yoga-classes">paying to go to fitness classes</a>, why not get paid? If you have enough experience under your belt, consider going through a part-time instructor certification program that will allow you to teach classes at your local gym or studio for a few hours a week. You may even be able to turn it into a career later on, or at least supplement your income if you find yourself in a pinch.</p> <h2>4. Social Media Guru&nbsp;</h2> <p>Who knew that those hours spent on Facebook and Twitter would pay off? As a tech-savvy young person, your social media networking skills are in high demand. Many types of businesses, from real estate to event planning to club promotion, hire young people to tweet and post about the latest happenings in the field. Get a job tweeting in your area of studies, and you may gain valuable connections for after you graduate as well.</p> <h2>5. Small Business Owner</h2> <p>It&rsquo;s never too early to start honing your entrepreneurial skills, especially when a large body of relatively cheap labor (read &mdash; other college students) is at hand. Start a painting or moving company or an after-school tutoring program, or start using your artistic skills in a photography or web-design business. Even if your business doesn&rsquo;t end up enormously lucrative, you&rsquo;ll have an amazing learning experience to add to your resume.</p> <h2>6. Nanny&nbsp;</h2> <p>You might have thought that your days as a teenage babysitter were behind you, but college is actually a great time to take babysitting to the next level. You are older and more responsible, and if you have a car, you are perfectly equipped to pick kids up after school and hang out with them till their parents get home. You can also command a higher hourly rate and show future employers how responsible and trustworthy you are. Becoming an au pair is also one of the best ways to travel around the world after you graduate while <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jobs-that-offer-free-room-and-board">having your room and board paid</a>.</p> <h2>7. Administrative Assistant</h2> <p>A part-time job spent answering phones, filing documents, and doing general office work can turn into a more lucrative job as you move up the corporate ladder. Although you may primarily be doing secretarial work, you&rsquo;re also in contact with professionals at your company who may be able to help you get a head start in your chosen career, be it in publishing, advertising, law, or finance. In addition, you&rsquo;ll learn how to behave professionally, get organized, and provide stellar customer service &mdash; and you&rsquo;ll earn a pretty good paycheck in the meantime.</p> <h2>8. Brand Ambassador</h2> <p>Being a brand ambassador is a great way to get a &ldquo;marketing&rdquo; entry on your resume. Nowadays companies are hiring more college students than ever to promote brands to their peers. You&rsquo;ll give away free samples and organize events and promotions while being paid in cash, perks, and swag. If the commercialization of campus life doesn&rsquo;t bother you, you might be able to make a nice little supplemental income.</p> <h2>9. Bank Teller</h2> <p>Working at a bank is a great way for college students to get experience in the field of finance, albeit at a low level. Hours are often flexible, many bank tellers work on a part-time basis, and a degree is not required. Later on, you may also be able to advance your career within the bank.</p> <h2>10. Paid Intern</h2> <p>Never underestimate the power of an internship. I know of many college students who interned at a company in their field of study and went on to be hired full-time at that company. In competitive fields, this may be one of the best ways to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-simple-networking-tricks">gain connections</a> and get your foot in the door in your profession. Unfortunately, many internships today are unpaid, but often, the learning experience is worth it.</p> <p><em>What job did you have in college, and how did it help you?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/camilla-cheung">Camilla Cheung</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-great-jobs-for-college-students">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-you-dont-need-a-college-degree-to-succeed">Why You Don&#039;t Need a College Degree to Succeed</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-ways-to-make-money-outside-your-day-job">15 Ways to Make Money Outside Your Day Job</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-truths-from-a-mystery-shopper-you-must-read-before-you-get-started">8 Truths From a Mystery Shopper You Must Read Before You Get Started</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-side-jobs-for-stay-at-home-moms-and-dads">12 Side Jobs for Stay-at-Home Moms and Dads</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-times-you-should-demand-a-raise">5 Times You Should Demand a Raise</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career and Income Career Building Education & Training Extra Income college students first jobs flexible work schedule part time jobs side jobs Tue, 25 Sep 2012 10:00:42 +0000 Camilla Cheung 954663 at http://www.wisebread.com Flexible Work, Works – Even for Hourly Employees http://www.wisebread.com/small-business/flexible-work-works-even-for-hourly-employees <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-label">Link:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.openforum.com/idea-hub/topics/managing/article/flexible-work-works-even-for-hourly-employees-tom-harnish" target="_blank">http://www.openforum.com/idea-hub/topics/managing/article/flexible-work-works-ev...</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/small-business/flexible-work-works-even-for-hourly-employees" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000004801857Small.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="173" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Not so long ago <a target="_blank" href="http://vworker.com/">vWorker.com</a> was called Rent-a-Coder. The name change created a bit of a hubbub. It seems some of the pros who offer their skills through the service don't like being called &quot;workers.&quot; But not one of them, I'll wager, is offended when they&rsquo;re referred to as a &quot;human resource.&quot;</p> <p>Fortunately, although many companies still have HR departments, business owners and managers are waking up to the fact that people aren't consumable or disposable resources.</p> <p>Smart companies are finding ways to help their people create a better work-life fit. Company directors aren&rsquo;t doing this out of the goodness of their pinstriped hearts. Study after study has shown that happy employees are more engaged and more productive, and that translates into more satisfied customers and a healthier bottom line.</p> <p>Workplace flexibility &ndash; changing how, when, and where work is done &ndash; is one way to help make people happier. But it has long been considered a perk and only for the upper echelons. What about hourly workers? Their needs are no different than those of senior managers. Wouldn&rsquo;t flexibility for them create the same beneficial outcomes?</p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://corporatevoices.org/publication-toolkits/innovative-workplace-flexibility-options-hourly-workers-may-2009">A recent study</a> looked at the flexibility options offered by companies such as Marriott International, Inc., Proctor and Gamble, Bright Horizons and PNC Financial. The research showed that flexibility for low-wage hourly and non-exempt people is effective in a variety of business environments &ndash; from hospitality to financial services, and from child care to consumer products.</p> <p><b>Two Reasons Flexibility is Good for Business</b></p> <p><b>1. Flexibility is an effective way to recruit and retain talent</b>.</p> <p>There is a shortage of qualified early childhood teachers. But flexible work options, used as a talent management strategy, allowed<a target="_blank" href="http://www.brighthorizons.com/"> Bright Horizons Family Solutions</a> to recruit and retain people who are committed to what they do. And by offering a broad choice of work schedules, they&rsquo;re able to tap into a wider labor pool.</p> <p>Flexible schedules and innovative time-off policies allowed <a target="_blank" href="https://www.pnc.com/webapp/unsec/NCProductsAndService.do?siteArea=/pnccorp/PNC/Home/About+PNC">PNC Financial</a> to become an employer of choice in a competitive labor market among millennial workers.</p> <p>Customer service and sales jobs typically suffer high turnover. But <a target="_blank" href="http://www.marriott.com/marriott/aboutmarriott.mi">Marriott</a> found flexibility was an effective way to hold on to their high-performing employees. Flexibility helped the company respond to the realities of the their employee&rsquo;s lives &ndash; raising a family, going back to school, recovering from illness, or having to provide family care.</p> <p>Businesses, such as<a target="_blank" href="http://www.pg.com/en_US/company/index.shtml"> Proctor and Gamble</a>, need to operate 24/7. The part-time positions, flextime, and compressed work schedules they offer allow them to successfully match their operational needs with the needs of their people.</p> <p><b>2. Flexibility helps control costs and boost productivity</b>.</p> <p>I listened recently to the owner of <a target="_blank" href="http://www.zaziesf.com/">Zazie</a>, a San Francisco restaurant, talk about how she lets her staff schedule themselves &ndash; heresy in the hospitality world. She also said she offers a full suite of benefits for her part-time staff, an equally radical practice. But while that puts her labor costs at 48% of revenue, her bottom line was higher than her peers'. What&rsquo;s more, she said she hadn't hired new kitchen staff in more than seven years.</p> <p>For other businesses, flexibility allows them to control personnel costs, especially overtime costs &ndash; a win-win for company and workers.</p> <p>But best of all, many companies have <a target="_blank" href="http://undress4success.com/research/pros-cons/">documented productivity gains</a>, especially by offering telework as a flexibility strategy. Best Buy, British Telecom, and Dow Chemical have documented that their teleworkers are 35-40% more productive. JDEdwards teleworkers are 20-25% more productive than their office counterparts. American Express teleworkers produced 43% more than their office-based counterparts. Compaq increased productivity 15%-45% when they initiated a telework program.</p> <p><b>How to Implement a Flexible Work Strategy for Hourly Employees</b></p> <p><b>1. Use a team-based approach</b>.</p> <p>You have to establish clear guidelines and performance expectations, but then you can build flexibility into staffing models and cross-train team members, so they can help each other. Almost everyone responds to the opportunity for self-determination, and most respond to shared responsibility.</p> <p><b>2. Involve work teams in the design of the flexibility program</b>.</p> <p>When people have an opportunity to solve their own problems, they become committed to business goals and take ownership of a process and results.</p> <p><b>3. Give people choice and control over their hours</b>.</p> <p>Giving people control over their work hours has the highest impact of any flexible option. If you can find ways to allow workers to manage shift trades, make up time in the same pay period, or take vacation and sick time off in small chunks, you&rsquo;ll reap the reward. Don't know how? Ask them! (See #2)</p> <p><b>4. Offer several flexible options</b>.</p> <p>The more options you offer and the easier they are to use, the more engaged, productive, and loyal your people will be. And because a sense of self-determination lowers stress, absenteeism will go down, too. 78% of employees who call in sick aren't &ndash; they're dealing with family issues, personal needs, and taking &quot;mental health&quot; breaks to fight stress.</p> <p><b>5. Recognize there's no &quot;one size fits all&quot; solution</b>.</p> <p>Flexibility &quot;fit&quot; is important. If you can offer a variety of options (see #4, above) and create a culture of support for the unique needs of individuals and their jobs, you'll find your flexibility programs fit better.</p> <p><b>6. Managers are key to your success and communication is pivotal</b>.</p> <p>Managers are your communications path to employees about the options available, and managers approve flexibility arrangements. If they haven't been trained to understand the benefits, and if you don't make them accountable for the success of your flexibility program, it won't work. Implementation of a flexibility strategy is no different than implementation of any other business strategy .</p> <p><b>7. You need clear policies and consistent application</b>.</p> <p>Fair and consistent application of flexibility policies is crucial to success. Transparent evaluation of flexibility requests and clear performance expectations provide the framework that managers and others need to make flexibility work.</p> <p><b>8. Technology is your friend.</b></p> <p>Flexible work, in many ways, is possible only because technology makes it so. Email, instant messaging, online schedules and calendars, and other modern tools of can make flexible work work. Availability, schedules, and changing requirements can all be communicated to keep work groups connected regardless of the time or day.</p> <p>Alpine Access, a call center with more than 2000 home-based employees offers scheduling in 20 minute increments. That gives their people incredible flexibility, but it also means that in an emergency &ndash; created by business or nature &ndash; their entire workforce can, and do, respond in minutes.</p> <p><b>9. Flexibility applies to careers too.</b></p> <p>Our research shows that companies could stop the brain drain created as baby-boomers retire by giving them the flexibility to work on their schedule or from home. More than 80% of boomers say they'd continue to work if they could do it on their terms. Using flexibility to recruit, develop, and retain top performers can give you an edge over less visionary competitors.</p> <p><b>What This Means for You</b></p> <p>As an employer, flexibility offers a powerful tool for business success. A flexible work culture&sbquo; particularly one that offers a variety of formal flexibility programs, leads to better recruitment and retention of talent, increased engagement and productivity, lower levels of stress and burnout and better customer service &ndash; all of which produce better financial results.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tom-harnish">Tom Harnish</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/small-business/flexible-work-works-even-for-hourly-employees">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/250-tips-for-small-business-owners">250+ Tips for Small Business Owners</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-smart-ways-to-get-a-small-business-loan">10+ Smart Ways to Get a Small Business Loan</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-credit-cards-for-small-businesses">The 5 Best Credit Cards for Small Businesses</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-protect-your-business-during-a-divorce">5 Ways to Protect Your Business During a Divorce</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-inspiring-stories-of-normal-people-building-a-thriving-online-store">4 Inspiring Stories of Normal People Building a Thriving Online Store</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Small Business Resource Center employee morale employee perks flexible work schedule flextime small business staff motivation Sat, 05 Mar 2011 00:16:15 +0000 Tom Harnish 495260 at http://www.wisebread.com