Some of us left and got coffee, so it wasn’t all bad. Usually we just whispered about things we had watched during the current golden age of television. And waited. Just when we started cleaning old newspapers from deep parts of our office drawers, someone had the brilliant idea: let’s just go home where we can get work done.
There is nothing like a malfunction to let you discover that you actually do no thing at work without an Internet connection. And if, like my work, you have everything that lives on Google Drive and Dropbox, almost every possible interaction is cut off. You don’t even Slack message your friends at the office!
If you test this idea deeper, you will realize how much you are doing that only strong WiFi needs to reach. How often do you think through a whole workday, “I saw almost no one today and literally accomplished my every action over the Internet?” For some of us, that day extends to weeks.
Well, many companies and employees recognize this same phenomenon. They have noticed that there is not much point in keeping people in cabs paying them for on computers they pay for while at the same time realizing that more flexibility and freedom from traditional office space is a good look at everyone.
It’s so hard to understand why so many people are concentrating on negotiating their salaries, without thinking that time is something that private time is the most valuable thing they can fight for.
Nowadays work from homework is more than just for freelancers, permanent teleworking becomes a large part of our staff. More than 3.9 million Americans are working from home and that number is growing for a good reason.
Employees and companies look at ways in which external work saves money and creates healthier working relationships. Not speaking that it leaves you more time to take care of and enjoy your personal life and relationship with others.
So, what about you? When is it your turn to reap the benefits of external work? If you want to convince your boss that it is a good idea to be part of the new trend of telecom muting, what can you do? Marching in your boss’s office and demanding to be sent home, probably won’t have the effect you’re looking for.
How to approach asking your boss about going remote
Don’t ask via email
Although you are on the part to ask about the possibility of performing your daily work remotely, for this meeting, you want to be face-to-face. Consider this in the same way as you could talk about a promotion. You want to be well prepared and come up with a good justification.
Do your research
There are sites and resources that will help you to learn exactly what you need to know when you are ready to work remotely. Places such as Remote-How and Remote work Association give you access to a network of external employees and consultants who can give you further advice.
Create a proposal
A formal request that has outlined the logistics of this move will do a lot to get what you want from the meeting. Make sure you include all your obligations and how you think they can be done as effectively, or more effectively, remotely.
Consider the company first, not your own needs (for example, if you want to get your children to school, don’t talk about it from the gate). Treat this as you would a big customer meeting and make a deck (if you have the skills for it) that really outlines all the benefits for your business.
How to structure your pitch
“Remote work is changing the landscape and you’re going to make a lot more money with it.”
Starting, it’s a good idea to talk more generally about the benefits that companies have seen because of external work. Most bosses respect the bottom line more than anything, so you start working from Home statistics that show how companies have saved money on some aspects of their business due to external work.
For example, a CNN study measured that companies are saving around 11K annually from every employee they make work from home only half the time! And, American Express reports they set to save $15m in real estate costs only due to teleworkers.
While it is not necessary to open new offices, it is probably the biggest financial perk, other related savings are in related matters such as utilities, household and K-cups for the neat. Aetna Insurance has let it slip that they have saved more than $70m per year due to the fact that their staff consists of about 50% work from home workers of any kind: programmers, Customer service assistants, essay writers and so on.
“My productivity? Well, let’s see how much more productive I could be without a two hour Commute ”
The productivity issue is arguably the most prominent on your boss’s eyebrows. If that’s the problem, you’re referring to statistics that show most companies agree: when they make their employees work remotely, productivity has risen.
Think of the whole time you spend in the office in meaningless meetings that should have been e-mails or to toast someone’s birthday. With that distraction gone, you’ll really be able to work harder and with improved focus.
“And all the space you have for training”
Growing companies love to let legacy employees work remotely, so they have the space to train new employees without overburdened the things in the office. Convince your boss that you now have the time to give new traditional office space to someone.
“And maybe you could keep me forever?”
Although you do not want to make any form of ultimatum, it is true that with the emergence of home work many workers look around and jobs that give them the flexibility they need. Nearly three-quarters of the people surveyed said they would consider a new job if they had more flexible hours and were off-site work.
At the same time, about 75% of the female technical employees said that working at home was a good way to maintain top talent. In General, Teleworking has been a good retention tool, as statistics have indicated that the retention percentages for companies that offer this type of work have risen by about 10%.
The shift means that older workers can stay longer and even employees who have to change their location for one reason or another (to care for a loved one or because a spouse takes a new job) will be able to join the company Continue.
“You hate the environment… You? ”
With most companies looking for ways to achieve greener status, working from home is much good than a grass patch on the roof of your office building. Commuters are one of the worst pollutants and causes of greenhouse gases in the world.
All those who are teleworkers would save the Earth from over 3.5 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions in the US alone. Moreover, only the possibility of saving space (with only one room for both at home and at work and not two) has an in-depth impact on the environment.
How to set expectations, on both sides
In addition to all the reasons why they need to be excited to make your home work, you want to prepare for the specific layout of expectations. Give them a good understanding of where you intend to work and how your hours may change or not.
The best offer is likely to not change your working hours at all. And maybe you want to start a part-time external strategy before you propose full-time off-site. This kind of transition is probably good for both sides, because you’ll want to get used to working from home before jumping with both feet.
You will also want to be prepared for a number of questions about your proposed situation:
Other questions may involve legal problems:
Because of these tricky topics, you may want to consult your legal team before you go into the meeting.
Ultimately, the pros in almost every industry weigh much heavier than the disadvantages of allowing employees to work on an external basis. The difficult part is convincing your bosses that the winds of change have shifted in this direction.
Make sure you treat this question very professionally, practice your Pitch with a presentation that will give them good reasons to believe in this idea and be prepared to answer questions. If you have all of that, it is very likely that there will be a lot of shorter commute to work in your future.