How to Convince Your Boss to Let You Work from Home
Do you hate your commute, but hate the idea of hunting down a new job even more? Don’t give up on working from home just yet—a single conversation with your boss might be all you need.
Some workplaces are on the cutting edge of the remote work revolution. But others are run by people who still think workers should be in the office daily. If you can convincingly present the benefits of remote work to your boss, though, they might just change their mind.
Not sure how to start the conversation? Try these tips to pitch the idea successfully.
Be a Great Worker
It might go without saying, but before you schedule this meeting, make sure you’re in good standing with your company.
If you’re a great worker who’s been with the company for a while, your boss should trust you on some level. But if you just started, or your boss isn’t happy with your performance, give it time and work on improving your work reputation first. Then, you’ll be ready to pitch the remote-work idea.
Do Your Research
The first step is to come to the conversation prepared. Your superiors may bring up arguments against working from home. But when they tell you their concerns, you can counter with the real facts—if you’ve done your homework.
Lots of research supports the benefits of working from home. For example, studies suggest that remote workers tend to be more productive, not less. They’re also more likely to stick with the job and be invested in their work. With this knowledge (and the sources to back it up), the conversation will be much easier.
Talk About Benefits
As you do your research and prepare your pitch, focus on how the company will benefit from letting you work remotely.
Will the company save money on office overhead and equipment? Will you be able to take on more projects when you’re not dealing with your commute? That’s what your boss needs to know.