10 Steps to Negotiate Working From Home

Your organisation or company will allow you work from home naturally only with conditions on the setting of specific boundaries and guidelines. Here are some tips on how to negotiate both the opportunity to work online and the conditions of such psychological re- contracting between you and your employer.

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1. Have a good reason.

Firstly, decide why do you want to work from home. What is going on that makes it to be the best option for you? How much your wish to work from home is related to your personal life? How much is it to do with the professional side of things? You should have a professional objective about your decision to work from home.

2.Think about productivity.

You have to conclude that if you are going to start working from home, you are going to be more productive. If you can not convince yourself of that, how will anybody else believe you?

3. Be self- aware and confident.

For some people, for introverts, it is important to have some quiet time. When they have it, they are able to think more deeply and effectively. Similarly, if you are not one of these people and you are an extrovert who needs the energy of others, it may not be so obvious why working from home is a good idea for you. There is a level of self- awareness needed to argue your case for working online.

4. Be trustworthy.

You need to prove people you can be trusted to be and work at home alone. Assess how much your boss and your colleagues trust you at this moment. If you were them, would you trust yourself to get things done from home?

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5. Prioritise output.

When you work from home, people are not interested what you are putting in, they are more interesting what you are putting out. When working in an office with certain types of people you can become biased towards them because of their bubbly personality, chattiness, humour, etc. As a remote worker, even such type of person will not have a chance for bluffing. Empirical results are king, so you will need to convince your boss that your level of output will be sustained, or even increase, when you move to a home office.

6. Take your presence into account.

The extent to which your employer's organisational culture expects you to be physically in the workplace will influence how easy it is to convince your boss to let you work remotely. The view that presence is important is increasingly seen as archaic but an organisation may still like to control its employees by keeping them where it can actually see them.

7. Map relationships.

Show your boss that you are serious about your proposition by mapping out the relationships that you are going to need to have as a remote worker. Map the internal relationships, relationships with people within your organisation, as well as external ones such as the relationship you will need to have with your broadband provider. What are the positive and negative effects that working from home will have on those relationships? How can you optimise the positive effects and minimise the negative?

8. Create a business case.

At some point in the negotiation process, you have got to put the business case together. Provide hard evidence that, from home, you can do the job you are being paid to. Think about how working from home will affect the return on investment that your employer makes on you.

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9. Try it.

See if your employer will give you the chance at least to try out the remote working. You can check whether or not it works for you and report back to your bosses as part of your negotiation strategy. You might realise that there is too much noise around you to work at home, and that you are just a few minutes' walk from a library where you can get some peace and quiet as you work. A whole load of things like that might occur to you once you have a dry run. These are the things that you can talk about to convince your employer to let you work from home.

10. Be well set up to work at home.

Your organisation needs to know that you are equipped to work online. How good is your broadband connection? What electronic equipment do you think you are going to need to be effective as a remote worker in your industry? For example, many people working from home do not have a scanner but if you are working in a legal profession you might need one.