How to Convince Your Boss to Let You Work Remotely

With the increasing number of remote workers globally, it’s no surprise that you are among the many who wish to undergo this liberating transition from working in the office to the freedom of working remotely. We love the many benefits of working remotely and we hope the information we give you here, will help you convince your existing boss to consider allowing you to go remote.

First, prepare yourself

Before even approaching your boss about remote work or flexible scheduling, be sure to prepare yourself for working from home. You wouldn’t want your supervisor to tell you to go for it if you’re not prepared to give them the best results.

Make sure you set up your home office environment in such a way that you’re undistracted and able to focus on getting your work done.

Step 1? Get your home office together. | Submitted by Camilo Luna

Establish yourself as a reliable, hard worker

Be sure your boss sees your best work before you approach them about a flexible work schedule. Leaders who have not yet implemented remote workers may be leary of offering the option to workers whose performance has not already top-notch. Be sure your work is the best it can be. This will give you some leverage when it comes to suggesting changes to the work policies.

Explain how remote workers save their employer’s money

Let’s face it: bosses care about the bottom line! Studies show that companies who use telecommuters and remote workers save money. One study reported by the University of Ohio found that letting a single employee work remotely can save a business as much as $10,000. Not only that, but it can save you, the employee, an average of $6,800 each year. 

You may need to prove that you can be productive. | Submitted by Emily Sellers & Wheeler Juell

Be armed with facts about productivity

Experts suggest that companies should definitely allow remote workers. Stanford University released a 2013 study showing that a trial of work-from-home employees for a travel agency resulted in a 13 percent performance increase and another study found similar results with surveys of both hybrid workers and managers concluding that “hybrid teleworkers delivered better work and were absent less.”

Be prepared with a comprehensive list of all the benefits to your employer if they were to allow you to go remote. 

Develop a plan

If your employer is not offering a flexible work culture, they may be unaware of the steps it takes to begin instituting one. From streamlining communications to employee feedback, there are a number of ways your supervisor can begin to implement a remote workforce. 

Research ways your employer can begin implementing a new flexible work environment and provide facts and statistics that support your suggestion. This way, if they have any questions, you’ll be able to answer them. 

You might want to suggest a trial work-from-home day first. | Submitted by Jessica Wick

Suggest a trial

Perhaps your boss is ill-prepared to begin a flex job environment, but you’ve done your homework and you can suggest a one- or two-day trial wherein you’re able to show your boss the work you can do from home. Keep records of the tasks you complete on these days and be sure they are aware of the work you have completed during these times.

Prove your efficiency before you approach

It may be a little bit tricky, but if you are able to take a “sick day” and use it to show your boss how remote work would look, they may be more likely to be open to the idea.

It’s important that you prepare yourself before undertaking the task of proving how remote work would be. Set up your home workspace to be productive and uninterrupted so you don’t miss this opportunity to prove how valuable remote work can be.

Working remotely has become one of the greatest incentives for finding and retaining quality employees and improving work-life balance for those employees. Helping your boss to understand that remote work is not a fad – it’s here to stay and is predicted to become an integral part of the future workforce.

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