With the rapid rise in modern technology, more and more people are considering working from anywhere a realistic option. To succeed you need to convince your boss that you can provide far better results in a remote work arrangement, rather than at the office.
Here’s how I was able to convince my boss to let me work remotely...
Build your case by pointing out the benefits to both sides
Give specific examples of how working at home is beneficial to both of you. For instance, I pointed out how the extra time saved on the commute allowed me to start work earlier. By projecting your employer's interests first, you can convince your boss that life is easier by allowing you to work remotely.
Even if it means occasionally working late night on an assignment, the freedom to flex your schedule allows for a better balance between life and work.
Strengthen your case based on facts
Studies have proven remote work is beneficial for both the employer and employee. Provide your boss with useful statistics from Global Workplace Analytics to back up your argument.
For example, “a typical business saves $11,000 per employee while telecommuters save between $2,000 and $7,000 per year.”
Try doing a “test” by using a vacation day to work at home. Carefully track your hours and the results of your work. If you can prove your efficiency at home in a single day, then it will be much easier to convince your boss to allow you to work from home for a longer period of time.
Prove that you are responsible
You must treat your remote work as a regular job. Respond to all emails, phone calls and messages – even if you have taken the day off to go fishing.
Simply because you have nobody checking on you physically, does not mean you can wander away whenever you wish.
If a client wishes to meet you on a day you have decided to be off, show some flexibility and be there to welcome him.
Stay visible by maintaining proper communication
Stay productive and never abuse the trust granted to you. Keep all channels of communication between your boss and teammates open.
According to a Microsoft study: “Information workers top two pet peeves with colleagues working remotely are inability to speak face to face and lack of response.”
Let your boss know your accomplishments at the end of the day, and be available when it matters, especially to the non-remote members of your team.
Exotic destinations are conducive to focused work
Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin Group says, “We like to give people the freedom to work where they want, safe in the knowledge that they have the drive and expertise to perform excellently, whether they [are] at their desk or in their kitchen. Yours truly has never worked out of an office, and never will.”
Strike at the right opportunity
Do not ask your boss to let you work from somewhere else, until they are well aware of the concept. Gradually introduce the idea, while highlighting how the change will improve your happiness and save the company money as well.
After doing some research on the subject, you can then make a proposal about benefits of working remotely, with the utmost confidence. Choose the proper time for your proposal such as when a promotion is due or after a task is completed to perfection.
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