Many people dream of working from home. One study shows as much as 79 percent of knowledge workers want to work from home. While it's not for everybody, the trend towards giving employees the opportunity to work remotely seems to be on the rise. Companies that are giving employees the option to work from home a couple days a week are seeing reductions in turnover and an increase in the quality of talent applying to their jobs. Plus, they're saving money on office space. However, if your boss still hasn't come around to the idea, maybe this statistic will help...
Working from home improved performance by more than 13%.
If you do the math, that's almost one day's worth of extra productivity each week! It looks like working from home isn't the time suck and major distraction so many people assumed it would be. Employees who participated in the study stated being alone kept them focused. Especially, since they didn't have coworkers to chit-chat with, or interrupt their train of thought with questions. That said, in my experience it helps if you build out a "pitch strategy" for your manager that makes a solid case for you to work from home. Here are five things you should include in your presentation.
1. Outline what parts of your job you'll bang out better undistracted. Managers need to know how you'll keep yourself busy and which work specifically will benefit from you working remotely.
2. Quantify the current time it takes you to do the work. Numbers help to validate the fact that you know how you spend your working hours and that you're proactively looking for ways to provide more return on the company's investment in you.
3. Highlight what area of your productivty will be improved (and show how you'll measure it as proof). Explain how you plan to measure the improvement in your productivity so that the decision to let you work from home can be validated for your boss' boss.
4. Agree to come in on Mondays and Fridays. Many managers assume you are just looking for a way to score a long weekend. By offering to come in on those days, you prove this is about increased productivity, not increased time off.
5. Set up a communication strategy to stay connected with staff. It's on you to make sure that out of sight doesn't mean out of mind. Letting your coworkers know what you're up to will help them undrerstand you aren't lounging on the couch watching talk shows.
P.S. - Remember, if you ask for it, you own it.
Asking to work from home puts 100 pecent of the success on you. If you see any signs it's not working, you need to own up to it and make changes. Otherwise, you could find yourself on a performance plan. Or even worse, let go from your job. You don't want to have to explain to a future employer you lost your job because you didn't succeed at working remotely. Thus, be sure this is truly what you want and that you can be successful before you make the case!