Sell Your Boss On Working From Home

Do you have the dream of working from home? If so, you are not alone. I recently changed jobs in part because I wanted to work from home.

 The key to selling your boss on the idea is to see things from their perspective. What is it that your boss wants from you?

Increased Productivity

I invested $32,000 and 17 months of my life to earn an MBA. The biggest takeaway was twofold.

  • The only surefire advantage companies have are the people who work in the company.
  • Happier people are far more productive.

Therefore, if you work from home, you’re going to be happier and more productive.

Increased Market

What I mean by this is that if you allow people to work from home, the entire nation is your job pool.  Consider this for a second – Amazon had only one store. Even if it were amazing, their market would be only limited to the people who don’t mind to drive to its store.  Even if you lived in a major city, people within commuting distance pale in comparison those within telecommuting distance.

Earlier this year, I applied for a work from home position that I felt I had in the bag. I reached out to the recruiter to learn why nothing came to fruition. What she told me was that I had nailed the position, but there were thousands of other applicants.

Increased Retention

More and more people have begun working from home. How many times have you opened your LinkedIn account and see an article talking about the benefits of working from home? The heart of the story is that you know somebody who does it already. My 30-year-old son is a work-at-home employee.

The best talent will be working from home. Just like me, if you don’t allow people to work from home, they’ll make a move to find a position that allows them to do so.

What can you do? Ask your employer if you can try it for a short time. If you go in demanding that you be allowed to work from home, you’re going to lose. And, here’s the reality, as much as I like working from home, I know the best thing is a half/half solution. Work from home half the time and work from the office the other half of the time.

Question: What is the one thing you want to change when you pitch your idea of working from home to the boss? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

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