How to Convince Your Boss to Let You Telecommute

Posted: November 18, 2011

Even if you work for a traditional company, you can still work from home. In fact, many companies are turning to telecommuting to help save money on office space and to create happier employees. Unfortunately, though, you can't just walk into your boss' office and casually inform him that you'll be telecommuting from now on. Your boss will have the ultimate say on where you spend your working hours, but there are 3 things you can do to convince him to let you work from home:

Prove that you are trustworthy

Remember, actions speak louder than words. If you're the employee who is always watching YouTube instead of getting ready for the afternoon meeting, all of the wise words in the world won't convince your boss to let you work from home. Even if other employees are allowed to telecommute, your boss may not trust you enough to do it. Before you even approach your boss about telecommuting, show him that you're capable of getting work done without someone standing over your shoulder. That way, your boss will believe that you will actually work from home - instead of watching TV all day in your PJ's or hanging out on Facebook when you're supposed to be participating in a phone conference. Prove that you can motivate yourself right from the start, and your chances of telecommuting go up dramatically.

Tell your boss that you'll get more work done at home

Between sitting in traffic to and from the office and talking with co-workers around the water cooler, a lot of time gets wasted in a "typical' work day. But if you didn't have that hour-long commute each morning, you could start working earlier. And, if you didn't have a bunch of co-workers to distract you, you could work uninterrupted and get more done. By letting your boss know that you'll be more productive at home, he'll be mor$ open to the idea of telecommuting.

Explain to your boss that you'll be happier working from home

Not having to put on a suit and not having to deal with the loud jerk in the next cubicle can make your day a whole lot less stressful - and it's a proven fact that happier employees take fewer sick days and are generally more productive. And, as an added benefit, happier employees are less likely to quit - meaning that your boss won't have to spend as much time filling job openings. When you look at it that way, telecommuting is a win-win for everyone!