So as a full time user experience designer and a mother of a toddler, I find that very few companies allow designers to work from home a couple of days a week, or allow flexibility in schedules. I am lucky because I have a great boss and company that allows that - I live in the Bay area and find that my commute RT is about 56 miles each day. If I had to go into work everyday, there would be no way I could manage being a full involved parent, plus I'd be insane from driving that much. I do find it challenging working full time as a designer and being a parent, but I make it work.
I'd like to give recruiters and managers on this list an idea of what user experience designers are looking for in terms of schedule flexibility and telecommuting. I feel like there's a lot of us in the same situation, particularly in areas like NYC or the bay area, where people often don't work where they live and have an hour plus commute. I've had a couple of recruiters contact me lately and frankly that I find that companies aren't flexible at all in regards to allowing designers to work from home a couple of days a week. There's the company that serves dinner and wants its employees to work late.
A couple of questions:
1) Do you have a situation where you have a flexible schedule and the ability to WFH a couple of days a week with your employer? Can you describe your situation?
2) What causes you to need a flexible schedule and work from home.
3) On the average, how many hours a week do you work?
4) What tools (IM, email, collaboration software) do you use in telecommuting and communicating/collaborating with colleagues?
5) What would make you consider exchanging your current situation of WFH to working in a company office 5 days a week/40 hours or more hours?
6) What's most important to you (rank in order) work/life balance, high salary, flexible work hours, ability to spend time with family, exciting work projects, company that provides meals (lunch dinner), spending time with coworkers, working late, ability to telecommute?