How to Convince your Boss to Let you Work from Home
The traditional office setting has certain advantages: it is set up for face-to-face interaction, encourages productivity, a sense of community, and more. However, with access to many cloud-based management tools and reliable video meeting services, more employees are beginning to work from home.
In the present pandemic, many employees are realizing that working from home offers them benefits like little or no commute, more work/life balance and less micromanagement. In many cases it also offers benefits to employers like lower turnover and lower costs.
Many companies have already suggested they are prepared to offer employees the option of working from home permanently. Others, however, have negative views of working from home that may be difficult to change.
They tend to think employees will less productive and that communication will suffer. Convincing your boss to let you work from home may be easier than you think if you carefully present the benefits to the company.
Work out the logistics ahead of time
Is much office communication done using tools like Slack or are face-to-face meetings important? Do digital project management systems make it easy to track deliverables even when not physically in the office?
These factors will affect any proposal for working from home. It is important to present all the logistics such as how you will manage a work schedule, handle meetings, deal with communication challenges, and track performance metrics.
The true test for many employees often lies in whether they are logistically able to carry out all their responsibilities from home. If so, they have a strong case. Reading this article by Brokerlink on 10 tips for working from home gives more understanding about how to be most productive when working from home.
Focus on the benefits to the company
Your boss is unlikely to approve of you working from home if you can’t demonstrate the benefits to the company. Try to present figures that show how much the company could save by having you work from home. Prove how you work more hours in the day without the commute. If a company is trying to reduce office space, this could be a compelling reason for you to work from home.
It is not difficult to find research today that proves employers and employees working from home both benefit. For example, there is scientific data that proves remote workers are less likely to quit. They also tend to be less expensive for the company and more productive.
A study done at a call center showed that employees working from home were more productive than those working in the call center. A results-based approach that rewards employees for efficiency rather than for just showing up at the office is proved by various studies to be more effective.
Propose starting with a trial run
It may be hard to go from being in the office all the time to working from home all the time. Starting with a trial run can help the company to experience the benefits. You can always say that you are prepared to return to the office full-time if your boss is unhappy with the results.
If you can prove that you are more productive on the days when you don’t go into the offices, this will help make a convincing argument for working from home every day. It will be much easier to support your case with metrics to back it up.
For example, you can use various apps to keep track of your time. If you can highlight why working from home benefits your productivity and workplace satisfaction, you may have a compelling case.