How to Convince Your Boss to Let You Work from Home

So, you want to start working from home, but aren’t sure how to approach your boss? There are infinite ways to try and approach this, but some work better than other. So, before asking, consider these five tips on how to convince your boss to let you work from home.  

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1. Emphasize how working from home will help the company

Even the kindest boss isn’t really interested in how working from home will make your life easier. Even though it may make picking up the kids easier, or help you save gas money to put towards your dream vacation, your boss is primarily interested in how you working from home is going to better their business. So, before telling your boss an emotional story about how you need to work from home to stop paying for daycare, consider the ways telecommuting could benefit them. 

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2. Compromise is key

At the end of the day, your boss can deny your request with little to no explanation. So, before requesting to work from home full time, ask your boss if you could spend a day or two every week trying it out. They’re much more likely to give it a shot if it’s not a sudden, extreme change. Who knows, they may even like the work you do from home so much they ask you to do it full time! Work with what your boss offers and be open to part-time telecommuting.

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3. Have a plan for how you’ll remain equally productive

Your boss may be concerned that your work quality or quantity could go down. In order to ease their fears, come up with a detail plan of how you’ll be dividing your time to maintain the same level of work you’d be producing at the office. Don’t take any questions about this that your boss has personally. They are, after all, trying to maintain, if not improve, their business standards, and it’s your obligation to prove your ability to keep up regardless of where you’re at. 

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4. Request a trial period

Maybe your boss is interested, but not ready to totally commit. Politely requesting that they give you a brief trial period (a month or so) is a great way to open the door, without making them feel like you’re pressuring commitment. Your boss is much more likely to want to work with you if you put the power in their hands. A trial period is a great way for them to remain control but allow you to prove your value as an at home employee. 

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5. Be willing to accept “no”

Regardless of how large the business you work for is, your boss still has the best interest of your company in mind. If you’re willing to take the risk of asking your boss to let you work from home, you also need to be willing to accept them saying no. It’s up to you how you respond. You can continue working and proving your value as an employee to try again in the future. Or, you can move on to a different company or occupation where you feel like your needs will be met. Either way, it’s important to not take it personally if your boss denies your request. 

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Asking your boss to work from home can be scary and more challenging than you imagined. However, with these five tips in mind, no matter what the outcome, you’ve given yourself the best chance at both short term and long-term happiness. Good luck!

“If you love your workspace, you’ll love your work a little more.”

Cynthia Rowley

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