Work from home can seem to be a viable alternative when you are struggling with issues of long commutes, family, health, or even productivity. Sometimes, being in the office does not sum up to enough work done or enhanced efficiency. And, I would like you to know that it’s perfectly alright. However, I am aware that your managers might have concerns regarding your productivity while working from home. But, the good part is that more and more companies are agreeing to the idea of telecommuting or working from home these days. If you have a strong case, do not hesitate in putting it across your manager.
When to ask for work from home?
To understand when is the right time to ask for work from home, you can ask yourself a few questions.
Is your position suited for work from home?
Before you think about working from home, you must identify if your work profile is suited for the same. If you are someone who is managing a team, attending a lot of meetings, or supervising others, this is probably not the best option for you. On the other hand, if it’s mostly solo work and you are primarily on phone or emails, there can be a way to work on this arrangement with your management.
Adding to it, you need to think about the timing of your request. Working remotely is probably not a good idea if you are new at the job or identifying promotion opportunities.
Do you have a formal proposal?
Having a casual discussion with your Boss regarding work from home might not be considered seriously. It is better to prepare an official and detailed plan so that, both you and your management can weigh the potential of the idea. Here’s what you must outline in the plan:
- Schedule of the days and number of hours you will be working from home
- Your full availability on phone, email, or work channels like Slack
- Benefits to the organization
The management is more likely to consider your plan if they see how you can be a better asset to the company while working remotely. It is suggested that you begin by asking for 2-3 days work from home in a week and revisit the impact on a regular basis. Give the management reasons to believe in the plan.
Have you thought through every aspect of the arrangement?
If you put yourself in your Boss’ position, he or she will have some genuine concerns regarding your proposal. You must prepare yourself for such questions. A major part of your proposal should address the concerns about your productivity and efficiency while working from home. Make sure that your proposal reflects that you will be completely accountable and responsible during the process. Further, you can suggest weekly in-person meetings to keep track of your progress. Your management needs to be convinced about the fact that you have thought through every aspect of the work from home arrangement.
Are you willing to address any additional concerns by your Boss?
Apart from concerns regarding your productivity and efficiency, additional concerns might come up regarding the security of information or how other employees might perceive this. Be mentally prepared to answer any question that might be raised during the conversation. Most importantly, be honest with your proposal and clearly state your reasons to work remotely.
Some facts to support your case for Work from Home
A 2018 study by International Workplace Group reveals that 70% of global employees work remotely at least one day a week, more than 50% do so for half the week or more, and 11% more than five times per week.
Highlight of the study: In order to attract and retain talent, employers need to get ahead of this trend.
A Stanford study reveals that call center employees who worked from home at a Chinese travel website completed 13.5 %more calls, quit at half the rate, and reported significantly more job satisfaction than their in-office counterparts.
Highlight of the study: If work from home arrangement is executed properly, employers can not only retain talent but also enhance the productivity of their employees. It is a win-win situation for everyone.
A survey by an employee management platform highlights that remote workers communicate better than onsite employees.
Highlight of the study: Remote work can actually create better lines of communication with more intentional systems and tools in place to regularly check-in and make sure things are moving in the right direction.
Do your groundwork and give it a chance
Once the fundamentals of your proposal are ready, schedule a meeting with your management and present your case with confidence. It is highly probable that your Boss won’t approve the request right away especially if it is not a common practice at your organization. However, this must not deter you from reaching out or presenting your case. Give time to the authorities to go through the arrangement. If you are convinced about the proposal, you will have strong reasons for the management to believe in you.
Give it a chance and it might just work wonderfully well for you.
Hope these suggestions help. We wish you good luck in your endeavors!
(The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Energy Dais.)