Consider a Flexible Work Schedule
A flexible work schedule, compressed work week or the option to work from home may not be offered by your employer today, but that doesn't mean you can't devise and pitch a program that your employer will accept. The price of gas, the cost of maintaining office space for many employees and the widespread use of the Internet for teleconferencing and other important office functions are making the argument for allowing reliable employees to telecommute more attractive than ever before. Clearly, this option isn't practical for all types of jobs, but if you think the work you do is compatible with a flexible arrangement, and you have the discipline to work outside the office or on an altered schedule, do your homework and talk to your employer. You don't have anything to lose.