It can be hard to maintain the right balance between work and the rest of your life. Avoiding the commute and working from home part time can help restore that balance. If you have the type of job that makes it easy to work from home, you might be able to convince your boss to let you work remotely a few days during the week.
Remote work means that you telecommute or work from home.
Here are a few tips on selling this idea to your boss…
Convince Your Boss To Let You Work Remotely
Work Out The Mechanics
The first thing you need to do is to figure out if it is even possible. Consider what tools you typically use at work. Can you replicate this at home? Do you already have what you need to pull it off (like a computer, phone, etc.)?
If not, are you going to pay for it or are you going to ask your boss for help? You need to have a solid answer to these kinds of questions before you can ask your boss for permission.
Make a Thorough Plan
Try to visualize how everything would work and don’t forget about the surprise company meetings that you may still need to attend on a remote day. Once you have everything thought out, create a report that details how everything will work. You need your boss to see the potential in your plan, and to let them share your vision.
Have the Research to Back It Up
Include some supporting research that shows how people who work remotely part-time are much more productive. You want to sell them on the idea that this is in everyone’s best interest, including your boss. Just remember that you will have to back up your claims if they go for it, so don’t get too outlandish with the pie charts.
Do a Practice Run
Before you ask, do a practice run at home. You’ll want to make sure that your internet and phone works in your chosen work area, and that the environment is not too loud or uncomfortable to stay productive. Having this data in hand will make you that much more confident that it will work, and avoids any unexpected hiccups down the road.
Reassure Everyone About Meetings
The regular, scheduled meetings will probably not be a big issue since you can plan for them or make that day an “in the business office” day.
However, many times things don’t go to plan, and suddenly there is an emergency meeting. You can explore the use of technology to allow your virtual presence at these, but that might require some trusted help from the other end.
Google Hangouts is a good option for an online meeting. It can be video or audio only, so you don’t have to get dressed up for it.
You could also set expectations up front about the time it will take you to come in for a special meeting. Doing this will not only act as reassurance for others, but it will also allow you to set up an emergency plan to follow on your home office days.
Do a Productive Sick Day
You could try calling in sick with a mild issue but still manage to be productive and helpful on that day. This effort will help to suggest to your boss that you can be very productive remotely. It would be less risky if you could do this on a real sick day, so having something ready might work well for such an opportunity.
Do a Trial Run
After you have breached the topic to your boss and presented your evidence, ask for a trial run of a couple of days during the week. You can choose days that are slower than others to help convince them. There is even a National Work From Home Week that you may be able to use in your argument.
Knock It Out of the Park
Once you get permission, either for a trial run or the real thing, be sure to knock it out of the park. Stay connected with your boss and let them know what you are doing. You don’t want to be seen as someone not needed, and by staying in contact, you can act to deliver on the latest needs even better than you did in office (without all of those interruptions).
Now is your time to shine and prove how efficient you can be at your job, even if you are doing it at a new location. You may also pave the way for others to have more flexibility too.
With a good plan and a little effort, you can convince your boss that you can be even more productive they all you to work remotely part-time. You’ll probably find that things don’t always go as planned, especially at first. But as with any new system or way of doing things, there will be kinks to work out.
Before you know it, you will be a master of the home office, solving problems for your company and saving precious preparation and commuting time for your family.