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Pressure On? Ask Your Boss About Working From Home


Ok, so some people may laugh at the idea of approaching your boss and requesting a little space to work from home.  However you might be struggling due to changes in your personal life and if something doesn’t give, you may need to hand in your resignation and look for something that works for you.  If you think you are a valuable player and love your current job then maybe it’s time to talk to your boss.  He might just value you, more than you think!

First thing is to be prepared to be completely honest about your situation.  You need to be clear and try to keep emotion to a minimum whilst making your reasons relatable.  It may help to consider a few benefits for your boss so why not mention a couple of these ideas.

Firstly, you will spend less time commuting which will mean you can start work earlier and finish work later.  This makes a far better use of your time than sitting on a train for 30 minutes at the start and end of each working day.

A recent study revealed that employees are 13 percent more productive when they work from their own desk at home than when they are in the office.  So not only will your company be getting more of your time, they will also be getting more productivity to boot.

It’s no longer awkward to have staff out of the office, thanks to the connectivity of our new world.  With the internet and mobile phones we can pick up all our emails and have calls diverted meaning we don’t miss a thing.

It could be worth having a chat with hr advice consultants, Croner.  They can help you talk through options and give you some tips on how to make the situation work for both the company you are working for and you.

There is a lot to be said for having employees working from home.  Studies have shown that those working in their home environment are happier, it is also a really good PR spin.  Yahoo recently was all over the news when it announced it was supporting home working hours.  

Gather up as much information as you can and pitch the idea to your boss.  It may be that you need to prove you’re able to take on the challenges of working from home, so why not consider suggesting a trial period or starting slowly with one afternoon or day per week.  

Most company bosses will want to keep hold of quality staff and so if they can, they will make allowances to see you through the rough times.  Just make sure you don’t let them down!

Working from home can be tough, you have to be completely self motivated and ordered.  It is easy to spend the day working in your pyjamas or grazing in the kitchen.  So before you spend an afternoon pitching the idea to your company, sit down and really make sure this is the right solution for both of you.  Talk to your family and friends and make sure, if there are pressures at home, you are dealing with them and not just changing your life to accommodate them.

This is a contributed post.

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