In life, unexpected things happen all the time. A leaking roof, sick children and inclement weather are just a few things that can keep you from getting to work on time. That’s why it’s so convenient to have the ability work remotely.
Although I’m in the office most days, my boss allows me to work from home when a situation arises. Thanks to PGi’s very own online meeting tools, I’ve been able to stay productive even when I’m not able to make it into the office. I’ve worked from home when I wasn’t feeling well, joined a virtual meeting while waiting for an oil change and even brainstormed with colleagues while waiting at the vet’s office.
Most employees would love the idea of being able to work remotely. It offers great advantages that you can’t ignore. It provides flexibility, saves time, money and helps reduce stress. Companies can also benefit from remote work. It can attract potential job candidates, increase productivity and reduce overhead costs.
However, you may find yourself in a position where your boss isn’t quite sold on the idea. If you want to be one of the 34 percent of Americans who work from home, you may first need to convince your employer.
Here are some tips to help persuade your employer to let your work from home—at least part of the time.
- Is telecommuting right for you?
Before you even think about convincing your boss, you need to ask yourself a question. Is telecommuting right for you? Remote work is not made for everyone or every job position. Do you have the ability to focus on your tasks without supervision or feel comfortable working alone? You should also consider your working environment. Do you have a clutter-free zone away from distraction? Make sure that you are confident you will be able to handle such freedom before speaking with your supervisor.
- Become knowledgeable about your company’s position
Your company may already have a remote work policy. If so, make sure you read it thoroughly. You want to become familiar with the rules before walking into a meeting with your boss. If your company does not have one, do some research online and see policies at other companies.
- Be aware of both advantages and disadvantages
Working remotely has advantages for both employee and employer. Collect tons of positive stats that prove the various benefits. An increase in productivity, happiness and worklife balance are all things you can use to strengthen your proposal. When addressing the disadvantages, make sure you show how you will overcome them.
- Build a presentation
Creating a presentation will help make sure you hit all your main points. It will also prove to your supervisor that you have done your research and put effort into this request. Your presentation should include details on how you will accomplish your job more effectively and efficiently if granted permission to work from home. Make sure you include some fun presentation ideas that will keep your supervisors engaged and interested.
- Be specific
The schedule of a remote worker can differ. Individuals may work remotely all the time, part-time or just for special circumstances. Make sure that you clearly state what type of schedule you would like to have. If your request is turned down, try and compromise.
Maybe your company would be more comfortable starting you out on a trial-run.
If you would like to know more information about the benefits and potential downsides of working remotely, be sure to read our free eBook: The Yin + Yang of Telecommuting.