How To Convince Your Boss To Let You Work From Home

by WorkFromHome on December 15, 2011

Every day across the country many workers embark on new careers from home. While many of these workers are freelancers–writers, graphic designers, artists, photographers–many are former cubicle dwellers that have decided to take their work to their home office and enjoy flexibility and career satisfaction. Many employers are starting to see the value in allowing some of their staff to work from home. Allowing employees to work from home can save the company money, boost employee morale and create a more efficient workforce. If you are looking to work from home, you may have to convince your boss that allowing you to telecommute is a good idea.

  1. 1. Determine Whether Your Position Fits the Work at Home Model

    The first step in convincing your boss that you should be allowed to work from home is to determine if your position is right for telecommuting. If you have heavy face-to-face interaction with customers, clients and managers, you may not be able to work from home. If, however, your position is more behind-the-scenes, you may be the perfect candidate for a work at home position. For one week, track how much of your work is independent and how much you do in collaboration with other staff members. If you work is mostly independent, you may have an easier time making your case to work from home.

  2. 2. Determine Your Technology Needs

    The next step is to determine what technology you would need to work from home remotely. If you regularly have access to sensitive information, encrypted programs and company-specific software, it may be a security breach for you to work from home. Determine whether your work can be safely performed from home from a security standpoint.

    Remember that you will have to convince your boss that allowing you to work from home will save the company money. If they have to accommodate you with sophisticated software, install anti-virus software on your home computer or constantly monitor your work, you may have a hard time selling your work from home proposal. The first and most important consideration in your “sell” to your company is cost savings. Focus on how you can make your company’s work easier by working from your home office.

  3. 3. Get the Facts

    For this step you will have to do a bit of research. Get as much information as you can without overwhelming your boss with excess paperwork, facts and figures. Find out if there is another member of your company who is working from home successfully. If there is one who is working from home and there are problems, pinpoint those problems and develop a plan of action to address them.

    Next, gather facts about working from home in general. Often many people are met with resistance when they ask to work from home due to misconceptions about working from home. Be prepared to explain what your day will entail and how your job will be similar to what you are doing in the office.

  4. 4. Create a Proposal

    Before you start working on your proposal, consider your boss’ personality. Does she like to read reports in order to make decisions or does she prefer talking through issues? Her management style will make the difference in how you present your proposal and how it is received. Start gathering facts about the work at home industry. Mention statistics about how other companies are turning to telecommuting as a way to save money and produce a better workforce. Be prepared to make an oral presentation on your findings.

Things to include in your proposal:

  • How this will benefit the company
    This should be the overall theme of your proposal. Discuss how you can save the company money on office space, technology costs and other financial considerations. Include factors that are unique to your company or geographic area. If the highway leading to your office regularly shuts down when it snows heavily, mention how you will be able to work despite weather issues. This will make you invaluable when half of the staff is stranded at home in a blizzard. Do not mention that you are seeking more time with family, even if this is your main motivation. Don’t discuss how this will benefit you personally, unless you can detail how this will save the company money.
  • Your Technology Capabilities
    Make sure to mention what technology you have at your disposal in your home office. Mention your computer’s processing speed, your internet service provider, your phone line provider and any anti-virus software you have. If you own a fax machine, color printer and scanner, mention that as well. Include any software you have such as Adobe, Microsoft Office or any software you use at work.
  • Your Home Office Environment
    If your boss knows you have six children and three dogs, he may be concerned about distractions in your home office. Allay his fears by detailing your care arrangements and your plan to avoid distractions.

If you want to work from home, you may have to do a bit of convincing to get your boss on board. Create a winning proposal to work from home and you may find yourself at your home desk in no time.

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