How You Can Convince Your Boss To Let You Work From Home

by WorkFromHome on October 7, 2011

Many Aussies searching the Internet for ways to work from home skip one of the easiest ways to make the jump from full time office worker to full time at home professional. That way is to try to transition your current job into one that allows you to work from home. Unless your job requires you to perform manual labour, such as a waitress or file clerk would, it is very likely that equipped with the right technological equipment you would be able to do your job just as easily from home as from the office. The hard part, of course, is convincing your boss of that. Read on for how you can persuade even the most old fashioned manager to let you try out being a remote employee.

Have A Plan Before You Ask The Question

Before you say anything to your manager you will need to have a fully fleshed out plan of how you would be able to do your work from home. This will show that you are serious about this initiative and put to rest any concerns that your manager may have about your ability to take your job seriously regardless of where you are located. A good first step is to see if anyone else in your company is currently working from home.

You may be surprised to find out that there are others who are already enjoying non-traditional flexible work arrangements. These could take a variety of shapes though, such as working from home only part of the week, doing a job share with someone else or working a compressed workweek where the employee works full time hours in fewer days each week. Find out what the arrangements are that are in place so that you can reference them accurately while meeting with your boss. You may also be inspired to try one of them out!

Agree To A Trial Run

It may rankle a bit to have to try out your new work schedule as a remote employee on a temporary basis but doing so protects both the company as well as you. While you are understandably excited about working from home it is also possible that you will find that you ultimately decide that you would prefer to be in the office. Having a clause in your working agreement that allows you to come back to the office without much of a fuss could be a wonderful thing. Such a trial period generally also means that if the company decides that it is not working for them that you are given the choice of returning to working in the office rather than seeing your position eliminated.

During your trial run it is important to speak up when something is not working. It could be that you need to be assertive about being kept in the loop about major clients or that the department administrative assistant needs to arrange for a conference call for all of the department meets so that you can participate in them. Keep your requests to what you need and request them in the most polite and pleasant manner possible so that your working from home does not cause undue resentment among your colleagues.

Make The Transition Slow

Depending on your company, manager and role you may be asked to transition to being a full time remote employee slowly. Unless your family needs to move out of the area for some reason, there is no reason not to accommodate this request. It could be that your manager simply needs time to get comfortable with the idea or that he or she believes that you are more likely to be successful while working from home if you do so gradually. Regardless, this is a point that you can afford to be generous on as long as there is a timetable in place that ends with you working from home within a reasonable time period.

Be Available Regardless Of Where You Are

If your boss is looking dubious about your request to try working from home, then it may be because he or she thinks that you are going to become a lot less dedicated to your job and the company. Even if you are someone who currently puts in long hours and skips lunch, your manager may have visions of your tuning out conference calls and ignoring e-mails. The best way to allay his or her fears is to agree to make occasional appearances in the office for big meetings and department events. Having a dedicated business phone line that he or she can call should also provide some comfort to a manager who is still skittish about letting you out of sight.

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