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Sometimes life brings around challenges that require a change in your lifestyle. In 2020, that challenge is the coronavirus. The global pandemic has lead to several countries locking down. No one could blame you for wanting to stay home where its safe. The real question is, how do you convince your boss to let you work from home?
The first thing you need to do is make all the proper preparations before you speak to them. Make sure that you have everything you could possibly need to set up a work station in your home. A reliable computer and WiFi connection is a good start. It is also a good idea to ensure you have a good way to communicate with your co-workers despite the distance. Having a plan laid out and ready before you speak to your boss will definitely give you a step up towards getting what you want.
The next step you’ll want to take is to ask around the office to see if there is already a remote-work policy. If not, do some research and find out about companies that do have these policies. Showing your boss that remote work is viable might just make them feel a little more at ease with the idea.
Highlight the benefits! Explicitly state how working from home will benefit the business. The main concern any boss will have is the possibility of reduced productivity. Emphasize the benefits and how they will assist productivity by compiling a work schedule. Detail how you plan to fulfil your responsibilities and communicate. Give your boss every confidence that you can work from home successfully.
Lastly, when it comes to making the request, ask your boss face-to-face. Set up a meeting to discuss and have everything mentioned above prepared. Being prepared and having done all the work above will start to build trust and give them faith that you will be able to do this. Try not to be too pushy about it, there is a lot your boss needs to consider before they agree to your request. If necessary, give them some time and space to think about it.
If you feel that it is necessary to work from home, you need to be prepared before you put in your request. Do research, make arrangements, ask around for information and have your facts straight before you meet with your boss. Following the steps above may not guarantee that your request will be approved but it will go far in showing your boss that you’re organized and resourceful.