How To Get Approval From Your Boss To Take Your Job Remote

There’s no doubt about it – remote working is on the rise, and more employees are looking to incorporate this new way of working into their employment arrangements.

According to research from the International Workplace Group (IWG), almost 50% of Australian employees work remotely for at least half the week, while more than two thirds work outside the office at least one day a week.

The reasons for this are varied, from increased flexibility to meet family demands, reduced commute time, or increased productivity when the traditional office interruptions (or temptations, like long coffee breaks) are removed.

Some workers are even eschewing the traditional office environment altogether and are using remote work arrangements to travel the world, connected to the office by their laptop and phone.

Known as ‘digital nomads’, these workers opt not to have a fixed location for too long – instead, they make use of new technologies and facilities such as the explosion of co-working spaces to conduct their jobs from anywhere they please. To meet this demand and realise the dreams of bored office workers everywhere, companies such as Remote Year help workers and companies realise the benefits and opportunities of remote working arrangements by facilitating travel, accommodation and workspaces for professionals who want to experience remote work taken to the next level.

But for many workers who dream of unshackling themselves from their desks, the biggest hurdle they may need to overcome is getting sign off from the person who signs their pay checks.

So how can you get your boss to approve a remote working arrangement? Working through these steps can help you make your case and increase your chances of receiving sign off.

  1. Why do you want to work remotely?
    Before you approach your boss, it’s important you’re able to clearly explain why you want to work remotely. Is a long commute killing you? Are you more productive at home, without interruptions? Or do you pack your bags and explore the world while you work?

    Make sure your reasons relate back to your work. Would travelling internationally while you work allow you to network, or expose you to ways of working that you can bring back to your own organisation? If you were feeling restless in an office environment or your current location, remote work can be a powerful incentive for retention over losing an employee.

  2. Consider all the decision makers involved, and any existing policies or precedents.
    Even if you get your boss on board, there may be other decision makers who need to sign off your proposal and you should tailor your proposition to each decision maker, based on their business priorities.

    Also, ask your HR department whether there are any existing policies around remote work, and whether any employees are on arrangements similar to what you are seeking. If your company has precedent with allowing remote work, your request may have more chances of success.

  3. Do your research
    Did you know that studies show remote workers are happier, healthier and 13% more productive? Or that companies can achieve annual savings of around $11,000USD per employee working remotely 50% of the time? Remote workers also see improvements in stress level (82%), morale (80%), productivity (70%) and absenteeism (69%). There is a wealth of information out there that supports the case that remote working arrangements are better for employees, and for the companies they work for. Arm yourself with this information to reinforce your proposal, and where possible, relate it back to the specific challenges your organisation is facing.

  4. Outline a clear plan for doing your job remotely
    There are plenty of solutions available to help workers complete tasks that were traditionally completed in-office or face-to-face. Clearly outline how you will transfer each of your core job functions to be performed remotely in a way that will not cause disruption to your co-workers or clients.

    If you are going to suggest tele- or video-conferencing, make sure that the software you are looking at is compatible with your organisation. Ensure you have contingencies in place for times your tech might fail you – alternative devices, hotspots for patchy WIFI, and access to quiet rooms for taking calls. Showing that you are prepared for each eventuality demonstrates that you are committed to making the arrangement work.

  5. Be prepared to negotiate
    Your boss might feel more comfortable taking a gradual approach to allowing you to work remotely or agreeing to a trial period. Offer to be available face-to-face when the situation requires and discuss what that would look like if you intend to work remotely from a different location or internationally. Make sure you discuss what your hour will look like under a new arrangement, especially if different time zones are involved.

  6. Follow through
    If you managed to get sign-off, congratulations! Now it’s up to you to make it work and reassure your boss that they made the right decision. Be flexible, available, and remember that you’ve been trusted to perform your duties as agreed, so don’t let your boss down!

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