So you think it's time to work remotely? You have a job that would allow it. You have a need for the flexibility. You have a home office that is perfect for your job. You have a kid situation that nearly demands it. But you have a boss, and a company...and you're afraid you're going to get shot down.
There exist, however, several persuasive arguments that even the most hard-nosed, resistant-to-change boss might have to take a second look at. Here are the best strategies for convincing your boss and your company to let you work remotely.
1. It Saves Company Time By Not Having to Commute
Americans spend, on average, 34 minutes driving to work. That's more than an hour each day--a full one-eighth of the typical workday. If that time could be spent working, imagine the way that time would be saved and productivity increased.
2. It Helps the Environment
Driving creates pollution. Pollution damages the environment. Many companies are allowing telecommute options simply for the sake of a greener earth.
3. Saves Company Costs
Also, dressing up every day is an expense, which necessitates higher
salaries. In addition, when the company provides the coffee, furnishes
a break room, replaces broken office chairs, keeps the electricity on,
builds a bigger building and provides office supplies, the costs only
get higher. Those are all costs that could be reduced for a
4. It Cuts Down on Interoffice Conflict
Whenever people are in the same physical space, conflict will
result. While working from home will by no means eliminate conflict
altogether, it has been proven to significantly reduce the amount of
interoffice conflict that companies are known to have.
5. It Prevents Complications and Loss of Work Due to the Weather
Call a snow day, and you lose a whole day of work for however many
employees you have. Call a snow day for a telecommute staff, and you
don't miss a beat. Working from home completely eliminates the weather
6. It Saves Money on Moving Expenses
When a company has to relocate you, it costs them a lot of money--sometimes over $50,000. If, however, that company is letting you work from home, that is 50 grand that they get to pocket.
7. It Increases the Productivity of Your Boss
Most bosses, managers and executives complain about not having
enough time to meet all the obligations in their busy lives. An empty
office provides your boss with the ability to spend more time on the
revenue-generating work that he does best, rather than conducting
meetings, fielding questions in the halls, or trying to deal with the
conflicts among his workers.
8. It Eliminates the Possibility of Spreading Disease
With heightened concern over diseases, this is an argument that carries a lot of weight. By eliminating the problem of dozens of people huddled in close quarters, grasping the same door handles and touching the same equipment, disease is bound to spread. Eliminate sick days and lower the spread of contagious diseases by sending everyone home to work.
9. It Keeps Employees Happy
Employees who work from home are happy employees. Happy employees are more productive employees. Furthermore, happy employees tend to stay at their job longer. Try this one on your boss. The benefits from an HR perspective are significant indeed.
Few bosses will say "oh, sure" and happily send you home with a laptop, but you can at least request for one or two days a week. Have him take it for a test run. But, if none of these reasons convince your boss, you may just want to have a go at your own work at home business.