So you want to work from home or you want to increase the number of days you work from home? I guess I don´t have to ask you why. Saving the commute and thus saving a lot of time every day resulting in more time to be at home with your little ones. Having a better work life balance and not having simple things like doctor appointments mess up a whole working day thereby eating up all your holidays. But, what´s in it for your employer if you work from home (more)?
I completely get it, nowadays I work a lot from home (half of the week usually) and I love it! I have a very long commute to the office so the days I can work from home give me much more quality time with the bichin in the mornings and in the evenings (e.g. have a calm breakfast and dinner with him). Also, being able to go to his checkups with the pediatrician (and not having to take a day off) or just dropping him off at his grandparents when they watch him are the little advantages of working from home. So I am definitely a happier employee because I am allowed to work from home regularly because I am happier with my work life balance. Because I am a happier employee I am also more motivated and willing to go the extra mile outside of normal working hours for example. (Because I have that flexibility to schedule my own day, it´s not uncommon that when the bichin is in bed at night I still do some stuff for work)
What´s in it for your boss?
However, apart from that I might be more motivated and willing to go the extra mile, what´s in it for my boss that I have the flexibility to work from home? Yes, we all know that for your employer there are benefits (lower overhead costs for example) but what´s really in it for your boss specifically? He or she is the one that needs to agree with you working from home and if working from home is not a common concept in your company, you might have to do some convincing. If your arguments are just benefits for your personal life, it might be a hard case to sell.
The one way to convince every boss to work from home
Ok, so you want to focus your arguments on what´s in it for your boss as well. Because frankly, unfortunately not every boss cares too much about your work life balance and the time you might lose in your commute every day.
Actually, it´s quite simple. Figure out what your boss´ goals are for this year, what does he or she need to deliver and show to his / her direct manager? If you know that, you can focus your work from home arguments on how you working from home can
benefit in reaching these objectives. For example, if your department´s objective is to increase sales by 20% and your boss wants his / her team to make more direct sales calls every day, you could easily explain that working from home can help you doing more direct sales calls (e.g. work uninterrupted, more focused, and the time you save from the commute is also beneficial for your productivity).
If your boss is open to the idea, do a little pilot for one day a week for a month and evaluate the results together after a month.
How did you convince your boss to work from home (more)?