The recent decision by Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer to insist that all employees work at the office has led to an outcry from location independent workers, and companies that use remote workers, around the world. She’s been criticised as being out of touch, failing to get with the times and missing out on all the benefits that remote working provides.
But banning remote working simply highlights the fact that many employers are still unsure about allowing their employees to work remotely. Often, they are concerned that they’re going to see a drop in productivity, or that their employees will be unable to contribute to the team as well.
So if you want to work remotely in your job, how can you give your employer more confidence in the practice of working remotely so that they too can see the benefits?
Suggest a trial
Your boss may be fearful of the prospect of you going off and working from home, but part of that may be the idea of it becoming too permanent too early. As well as mentioning all the benefits that you can think of, including the financial benefits of not having to provide a desk and equipment, try to encourage your boss to give it a trial for a few weeks, in order to start working one or two days a week from home. They are far more likely to give it a try if you have agreed that it will only be a trial, and this gives you plenty of chance to encourage them of the benefits. here
Show How It’s Done
Your boss may don’t know about the plethora of software available that makes remote working more of a possibility all the time. Reserve some time to demonstrate some of the tools that businesses across the world are now using with their remote workers. Highlight free tools like Skype, demonstrate the number of choices of a VPN, connect with your boss via online meeting software like LiveMinutes and show them the capabilities that are available nowadays.
Highlight the Green Recommendations
If your company is determined to go green and highlight its green recommendations, suggest to your boss that if staff are allowed to work remotely they will eliminate CO2 emissions caused by visting work, which could be good for publicity.
Discuss It with Other Employees
If you are the only person at the office who wants to work remotely, there may be less chance that your boss is keen to give it a try. However, if you discover out that many employees would like the opportunity to work remotely, your boss may be more inclined to start refining it so that the staff content and enthusiastic.
Find out about the competition
Nothing can get a boss to take action quicker than finding out that he or she is behind all of those other competition in anything. Do some research into your rivals to see whether or not they are using remote workers. If they are, softly mentioning this and the benefits that they may be getting from it could be a way to reassure your boss that it is not a waste of time. Even if your direct competition are not hiring remote workers, try to find some situations of other respected companies that are deploying it to their advantage to help demonstrate that it really does work.
Lastly, you have to show your boss that remote working really does work. There is no point finally getting your boss to give you the green light and then spending all day skiving. Trust plays a big role in remote working, so don’t allow your boss down and make sure you prove that it really does have serious benefits.
Whatever Happens, Remote Working Is here to stay
Whatever Marissa Mayer says about remote working, the fact is that it is here to stay and it will only continue to are more commonplace. If you want to work remotely but you come to mind that your boss does not see the benefits, put some of the above tips into practice and try to encourage them otherwise.