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Need a Job? Apple and Disney Are Looking for People Who Want to Work From Home

Apple and Disney recently posted hundreds of jobs that allow employees to work from home.

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BY Justin Bariso - 10 Aug 2017

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Amazon has jumped on the bandwagon. So has American Express.

And now, Apple and Disney have joined the mix as well.

What are we talking about? Why, only one of the quickest rising and in-demand perks in the workplace...which happens to be, by definition, out of the workplace (traditionally speaking, anyway).

It's the ability to work from home.

Just check out this recent update from LinkedIn:

As some employers try to rein in remote employees, two of America's most iconic companies just posted a bunch of work-from-home roles. Apple recently posted dozens of "home advisor" customer service jobs that require troubleshooting experience, high-speed internet and a comfortable chair. Following suit, Disney posted numerous part-time guest-service representatives to "bring stories to life with scripted and non-scripted guest-engagement statements" -- a comfortable chair optional.

As someone who's seen firsthand the benefits of remote work, I can assure you this "trend" isn't going away. I've personally worked remotely (mostly from a home office) for the past several years, and have consulted for organizations who continue to see major benefits for their employees, including:

• Greater flexibility

• No commute, which robs many of hours per day

• Escape from the noise and distractions of the open office

• Greater productivity

• Better quality work

• More opportunity to "stay in the zone," leading to more home runs

In fact, according to this report by software juggernaut Citrix, 89 percent of organizations worldwide will offer "mobile workstyles" by 2020.

Apple and Disney Job Details

So, what do these jobs look like?

Apple describes the "Home Advisor" as a person who responds when people contact Apple for help. The job description describes ideal candidates as friendly, thoughtful and real. They are "curious investigators, technical problem solvers, and good listeners" and like the way it feels to help others, has the discipline to manage him or herself, can focus in a home environment, and is a good multitasker.

The company requires that you have access to a "quiet, distraction-free work space with a door you can shut, an ergonomic chair, a desk...and your own network connection."

However, Apple also promises to provide home worker with the following tools and benefits:

• iMac and headset

• paid training

• a network of colleagues

• "a robust benefits package," including product discounts and paid time off

And you've got to love the fact that Apple's putting their famous marketing muscles behind this effort.

Sound interesting? You can read more about Apple's work from home job offers here.

And what about Disney?

Disney's offers are a bit more varied, with 488 work from home jobs currently listed. Job titles range from "Host Guest Services" to "Director, Marketing Strategy."

You might want to act fast, though. At least one of the job posts has been closed due to "overwhelming response" (although Disney is still taking applications for many of the others).

(If you already have a job, and need a way to convince your employer to let you work from home, here's what you need to do.)

It will be interesting to see how the work from home trend continues in the following years. But it appears that Apple and Disney have come to a major realization:

If you want people to do great work, let them. And stop caring about where they do it.