8 Ways To Convince Your Boss To
Let You Work From Home
Make them see it!
If remote work has been hindering your team’s progress and coordination, then it’s evident why your employer is reluctant on sticking to it. It will fall upon your shoulders to be the torch-bearer. Find out what’s not working for your team and collaborate to come up with solutions to make it work. You need to be able to build a case not just for yourself, but also for your team. Even if the latter prefers to continue working from the office, build a case on how you can coordinate with that. Research software or tools that have worked better for other companies and put an explanation in place over how you can inculcate them into yours. When they see initiative and possible success, they might be more inclined to accept remote work.
Explain the benefits of working from home
Offer to do a work from home trial run
If you’ve got more teammates in the same boat as you, you can definitely get them onboard a work from home trial run. Convince your boss/ employer about the lessons that you’ve picked up while working from home during the pandemic. This way, you can put more thought and effort into creating a smooth and efficient remote work experience for both your colleagues and your employer. This means having team management software such as Slack or Microsoft Teams in place, scheduled meetings, weekly task updates and even incentives for employees who match with their deadlines in time.
Switch to a more goal-based approach
The one primary benefit that remote work offers is better time management. However, this cannot be accomplished if you’re still expected to log your hours every day. Suggesting switching to goal-based work over duration-based work can easily solve that problem. Suggest taking on small projects for fixed durations that you can work on in your own time over doing random tasks over the week. This way taking sick days won’t affect shifts and won’t cause work to pile up. Employees can work in their own time and finish their tasks as and when they want to before the deadline.
Engage in an honest conversation
Just like you, your boss is an employee too. Offer to have honest and open communication with them over their concerns regarding work from home. Let your boss know how they can benefit personally by opting to work remotely themselves. Make sure your conversations are guided by intent and backed by evidence from companies that have made it work. Offer to return to the office if things don’t seem to be working. Be prepared with all kinds of solutions and offer a willingness to compromise and collaborate.
Cutting down on overhead costs
Expanding the scope of recruiting
Your employer needs to know how switching to remote employees can help the company widen their field for the recruitment of professionals. They could find better, more skilled employees if they choose to offer them the opportunity of remote work. It also helps people reach more clients if a company is heavily dependent on sales.