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How to Convince Your Boss to Start Letting You Work From Home

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Do you dream of the day that your boss introduces a work from home policy?!  How can you change your bosses mind?! You need a clear plan and strategy.

If you have a long and stressful commute to work, you probably spend half of your workday thinking about a wonderous concept: working from home. While there are many benefits to working from home, some people see remote working as an excuse for laziness and lack of productivity. But, contrary to popular belief working from home can increase your productivity levels. So how do you convince your boss that working from home is possible?

See Also: Would Working from Home Suit You? Complete a Questionnaire to Find Out

Here is a quick guide to help convince your boss that working from home has a lot of benefits and hopefully make your dream a reality.

PERKS

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First of all, you need to introduce the perks your boss will love.

Increased Productivity

You need to remind your boss that remote working allows, hard-working employees to work during the hours they feel more productive. For example, some people like to work early in the morning - starting at 6 a.m. with the more demanding or technical tasks and then have their meetings later in the afternoon. This can also be beneficial for night owls who feel more productive in the afternoon. The important thing here is that people can have their own work schedule, the one that best suits them.

Reduced Costs

Talk to them about money, and they will love it. It is ridiculously cost-effective. If people are working from home, you will have fewer costs.  It can save, on average, around $12 000 a year per employee.

Happy Employees

 

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Allowing employees to have their own flexible schedule ensures their happiness and better satisfaction levels. And if their employees are happy this means there’s no need for them to leave and find a better job. By giving them the opportunity to work part-time in the office and part-time at work, or completely work from home, workers will have the flexibility to balance their personal life with work.

No Sick Days

If their employees are working from home, then it will be less likely for them to be absent from work because staying at home reduces stress levels, gives them more opportunities to exercise and of course, they aren’t exposed to germs in the office.

Longer Hours

Employees won’t waste time commuting. The time can be put to better use doing work, meetings and other work related tasks.

APPROACH YOUR BOSS

 

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Presenting your arguments is not enough, you need to think about the best way to approach your boss.

Will it Work?

The first thing you need to think about is making sure it can work at your company - do you have the right communication systems? How are you going to deal with clients? With your coworkers?

A Clear Thought-out Plan

Before you approach your boss, you need to present him with a well-thought out plan. This should be a written action plan with clear indications of the resources and technology needed, the benefits of telecommuting and how are you going to handle possible problems while working from home.

Trial

And of course, the last thing you need to do is start off with a test run. While presenting your proposal and plan, suggest trying it out on a small scale first. This is the best way to see if it will work and be a good fit for all parties involved.

See Also: How To Find Work-At-Home Companies

Would you like to work from home? If so, why? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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