Here’s how to negotiate working from home to your boss
Remote working is not just a trend anymore, it’s becoming a way of life. You may feel drawn to working from home but currently you work in the office, so you are thinking of looking for another job that will give you this freedom. Why not try your current employer first with these tips:
1: Do some research
Chat to your HR department and find out what the policies are on employees working remotely. Does the company currently have any employees working from home? If so, what positions are they in? Chat to them and find out how they went about it. If you have a good relationship with your boss then broach the topic and see what the feel on the matter. It doesn’t have to be complicated, it depends on your job, your performance, your company and your management – you will know all of these things already and whether remote working is an option to consider or not.
2: Formulate a list of tasks you can do remotely
As mentioned above only you will know if you can do your work remotely or not. Some industries are just not suitable for remote work and people are required on site. It will be a good idea to create a list with a breakdown of your daily, weekly and monthly duties and those which must be done on site and those that can be done from home. This will assist in evaluating whether remote work is a possibility or not.
3: Be creative and list some options
Perhaps remote working is not a done thing at your office and has not been introduced before. This is when you need to get creative and put forward a few options in your pitch to your employer. You may need to be more flexible to have the freedom you want.
Split your hours – 20 hours remotely and 20 hours on site
Come in earlier and leave later to avoid traffic
Work four 10 hour days as opposed to five 8 hour days
4: Pepper your pitch with stats and proof!
You need evidence to support your pitch. Why should your employer even think twice about your request? Don’t just give the reasons why YOU want to work from home. You need to offer some statistical evidence as well such as:
Remote workers aren’t as stressed (no traffic, more time for personal pursuits such as gym, time with kids, alone time, time to clean homes, time to cook meals, comfort and the list goes on!)
Remote workers cost less (no coffee, tea milk, electricity, rent space, petrol etc)
Remote workers are busier and more productive because they are happier and have more to prove
4: Have explanations and plans in place
There may be many questions with regards to how you will co-ordinate, track your work hours, submit projects etc. Discuss how you will communicate and stay in touch with team members. Have your answers ready for when your employers asks.
Once you have all your ducks in a row, submit a clearly defined proposal of how, why, when and what you be doing.
Outline a schedule for your day, week, month
Detail how you will check in and submit projects etc
Suggest numerous ways your remote working will actually benefit your company
Working from home doesn’t have to be a dream! If you play your cards right and provide valid a valid, clear and justified proposal, your dream may be closer than you think!