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How to Convince Your Boss to Let You Work from Home

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Working at home.
Working at home.

You want to work from home, but your boss might not back up the idea. Don’t blame your boss — it’s a lot of change. Don’t make the mistake of telling your boss that you’ll be happier, and therefore more productive, working from home. Your boss won’t care about your state of mind. Instead, spend a little time researching telecommuting statistics that your boss can care about. In short, show your boss how freelancing will improve or help business.

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    Tell your boss that your place is more inexpensive than theirs. Office space doesn’t come cheap. Rented office space runs the extremes, but with an average of $33 a square foot (per year), it elevates even higher. According to InnoVisions Canada, organizations can eliminate one office for every three telecommuters.
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    Tell your boss that your productivity will increase. It’s hard to persuade some managers that you’ll be more fecund at home. Seeing your little bobblehead lends comfort, albeit false security. Just because your boss can see you doesn’t mean you’re working. Show him that you can work at home without lollygagging.
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    The employee maintenance will go up. Threatening your boss that you will quit if you can’t work from home is a bad idea; few of us are essential. However, if you have a long commute, working from home is a reasonable request. If you’re a valued employee, working from home a few days a week is favorable to losing you to a company that’s closer to home. In CompTIA’s 2008 survey, 37% of respondents said telecommuting improves employee retention. Another 39% said they have access to more qualified personnel, who don’t always live within commuting distance, thanks to telecommuting.
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    Tell your boss that you will increase your debit hours. Any person who bills clients directly knows how difficult it is to differentiate billable tasks from non-billable interruptions. When other people have access to you, they access you! At the end of the day, how much time did you actually spend on billable tasks? At home, you have fewer interruptions and that adds up to more billable hours. That means more revenue, quicker solutions, and more time for new clients, which means more cash.
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    It'll be good for the enviroment. Being green isn’t just trendy, it can save your company money. A study commissioned by the US Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) reported that telecommuting saves 9 to 14 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity per year — the equivalent of one million U.S. households. That equates to energy savings for your company. How much will of course depend on the company’s size and the number of employees who are telecommuting. The study also estimated that 3.9 million telecommuters reduce fuel consumption by about 840 million gallons and carbon dioxide emissions by nearly 14 million tons. While that won’t change your department’s bottom line, with today’s gas prices, your boss might decide to start telecommuting too!
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    Politicking will go down. It’s hard to share gossip from a home office. Yes, there’s always e-mail, IM, and phone calls, but it just isn’t the same. You might not be prone to participating in office politics or gossip, but sharing the same space with those who are affects your attitude and even your work. Nothing zaps productivity and morale like gossip and rumors. A home office can filter (protect you from) the undesirable aspects of sharing space with miserable human beings. If this is a problem, believe me, your manager already knows it. Showing sensitivity to the issue and wanting to separate yourself from it is admirable and professional.

edit Tips

  • You’ll be more accessible. In an episode of Seinfield, George napped under his desk. Everyone thought he was very busy because he was never available. He was really just asleep. If you’re not in your office, maybe you’re in the copy room, or a conference room, or the library — there are many places to hide at work.
  • It’s a weather-proof arrangement. In January 1994, an employer shut down for a full week after Mother Nature dumped about 20 inches of snow on the region. Depending on where you work, this might be an important issue. Weather won’t disrupt your commute across the hall.

edit Warnings

  • Your boss may not want you to work from home.
  • Your coworkers may resent you if they are unable to work from home.
  • You and your work may be subject to greater scrutiny.
  • In some situations, it may lead to your position being outsourced. If you're not physically needed in the office, it may not matter if you're 10 miles away, or 10,000 miles away.

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