If you’re not quite ready to give up your nine to five for a full-time freelancing position but are sick of being stuck in the office, working remotely could be the perfect middle ground.
Not only will it allow you to spend more time with your family and reduce the money and time wasted on commuting, but there are also studies that suggest working from home actually makes employees happier and more productive.
Asking your boss to work remotely can seem extremely daunting, but by following the steps below, you’ll be working from home in no time.
Tips To Get Your Boss To Agree
There are a few things you need to talk up when asking your boss to work remotely. It’s important that you let them know what it can do for the company.
#1 Focus On The Benefits
There a long list of benefits that working at home can have for your employer. From remote employees being less likely to resign to increased productivity; the advantages are endless.
A big winner for most employers is the fact that remote workers can actually save the company money. Do your research and make sure to present your findings when having a conversation with your boss.
#2 Ask For A Trial Run
If you’ve never worked out of office before, it might be a long shot asking your boss to work remotely full-time. Start by suggesting a trial run of just one day a week.
Once you’ve proven that you are better working out of the office, you can ask to increase the hours you’ll be working from home.
#3 Don’t Let Your Productivity Drop
For a successful switch to remote work, you will need to prove to your boss that you won’t be slacking off. They are putting a lot of trust in you and your commitment to the company, so don’t let them down.
Those studies showing productivity is increased when you work from home aren’t lying. Fewer distractions and a quiet, familiar environment should make it much easier for you to get your work done.
How To Ask To Work From Home: An Email Example
Dear [Insert Boss’s Name],
With only a few weeks left until this year’s event, the entire office will be buzzing with activity to complete the planning on time. Pulling off this event will require everyone’s best efforts and we still have a few big ticket items to sort out to ensure everything runs smoothly.
Leading up to the event, I’d like to work from home one day a week. I’ve done a bit of research and found that working from home increases employee productivity. Tuesdays would be the best day for me to work remotely as we don’t have any meetings scheduled. Of course, I can be completely flexible and come into the office if we ever do need face-to-face time, and I’ll be available by phone and email on work from home days, in case anything comes up.
Eager to hear your thoughts on this plan.
[Insert Your Name]
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Asking your boss to work remotely and starting a conversation is the most difficult part. Once you get going, you’ll find that most employees will be open to any idea that can increase employee engagement and productivity.