How To Get Your Boss To Let You Work From Home

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What if you already enjoy your current job, but wish you could do it all from home?

There are many perks to working from home that benefit both businesses and the employees.

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Below are tips to help you when talking to your boss. This may seem scary, but it's totally worth a shot!

1. Your boss benefits from this, and so do you

When asking your boss about taking your work home, make sure to mention the following:

  • Employees who work from home are generally more productive according to a Stanford study
  • Boss can reduce office space, which means your boss saves money on office space
  • Less commute time, which means you get more work done
  • Technology like Skype or Facetime makes it easy for you to have meetings with your boss

2. Ask to work from home 1 day per week

Your boss may feel fearful or hesitant about letting you work from home.

To dissipate that fear, ask your boss to let you do a test run, and work from home one day per week.

Once your boss sees you getting all of your work done (and maybe even a lot more!), they'll be a lot more comfortable letting you work from home.

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3. Figure out how often you want to work from home

If you don't want to work from home 100% of the time (I get it!), ask your boss for 1-2 days per week.

There are jobs in the world where being at the workplace is necessary, but not 100% of the time.

Paperwork, computer work, and phone calls can all be done from home in many situations.

Your work may be more comfortable letting you work from home 1-2 days a week, versus working 100% at home, especially in the beginning when you first request this.

4. Be available at ALL times during work hours

Your boss needs to believe that you will be just as available at home as if you were in the office.

Make sure your phone has sound on at all times, and be ready to come into work if your boss needs you.

5. Make productivity a priority

Working from home is amazing, but some people find it challenging to stay on task.

To ensure you don't have this problem, I recommend the following:

  • Create a dedicated workspace away from electronics, kids, etc.
  • Create a to-do list the night before
  • Schedule meetings ahead of time, just as you would in a regular office setting
  • Take advantage of Google Calendar (free and user-friendly)
  • Wake up and work the same hours you would work at the office. (ex. start work at 9AM, break at 11AM, work from 12-5pm).
  • Log your work hours in a free clock in clock out app

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6. Less sick days

Study after study has shown that employees who go into a workplace setting call in for more sick days versus people who work from home.

And for the employees who are sick but still come into work, they risk the chance of getting everyone else sick, which makes even more people lose work time and productivity.

Make sure to come prepared when talking to your boss about this.

Make sure to mention all of the benefits to working from home, how you're more than willing to do a test run of 1 day per week, and how money (less office space) and the environment (gas) can be reduced to help everyone at the business.

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This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Several years ago my wife was able to transition her job from working in a traditional office to working from home. It was a huge change for us and since I was already working from home it allowed us to move to an area with a lower cost of living. Working from home isn’t for everyone, but it can be a great fit for many people.

    1. That’s awesome! And I totally agree, working from home is definitely not for everyone.

  2. #4 is key. Some people “work” from home and use their companies time to run errands or take a nap during the day. If your boss feels like he’s being taken advantage of you can find your work from home privilege revoked.

    1. Yep, so true!

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