It's mid-day of the work week and you're reading this article- which probably means that you are at your desk dreaming of working from home. Perhaps your'e even dreaming of working at a cafe on the seaside.
Working remotely is no longer a foreign concept. It's a trend that is growing quickly and is proving to have noticeable benefits in terms of stress levels and productivity. According to a survey of 1,000 telecommuting knowledge workers, 82% reported that telecommuting reduced their stress level and 70% indicated that telecommuting increased their productivity.
These are some of the statistics you should mention to your boss if you decide to bring up the concept of remote work with them. However, these statistics probably won't be enough to convince your boss that working remotely is right for you. If you want to convince your boss that you have what it takes to work remotely and continue to be a productive member of the team, you'll have to be a bit more proactive. As Tim Ferris said, "The bottom line is that you only have the rights you fight for."
If you want to fight for your right to work remotely, you have to provide a well-reasoned argument. And this can be done best if you suggest a trial run. By suggesting a trial run, your showing your boss that you are committed to making the idea work.
With your trial run, sometimes it is better to start smaller. You can ask your boss if you can work remotely one or two days during one week and then progress to three or four days the next week.
This trial run is for you, so it's up to you to make the most of it. Make sure that your boss has no reason to think that you were slacking while working remotely. Productivity should not decrease at all. You are still accountable for all your work, even if your desk is no longer in the office.
Likewise, your boss should not feel your absence in the slightest. Just because you are working remotely does not mean that you are inaccessible or unavailable for any chats or meetings. The chance of your boss accepting your proposal will decrease significantly if they believe that the distance is hindering their ability to communicate with you.
Hopefully the trial run is successful and relieves any doubts or apprehension your boss has about the idea of you working remotely. Who knows, maybe you'll set the precedent for other employees and open a new path for aspiring remote workers.
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