Emphasise Productivity To Convince Your Boss Of Remote Work

Remote work is a desirable working situation for many employees, but it can take some convincing to get your employer on board. Sure your boss can save money on office space and equipment, but productivity blog WebWorkerDaily suggests emphasising telecommuting-related productivity boosts.

Photo via the open and integrated home office.

The WWD post is full of interesting, potentially boss-convincing stats and tidbits to convince your boss you'll get more done from home than you can from the office. For example:

Even if you don't work more hours than you would in an office, other studies have shown that the time remote workers spend doing work is much better spent than it would be otherwise. A U.K. study by the Cranfield School of Management found that employees working from home put in more and better quality work in the same time as their office-based counterparts.

Sure, your boss may not be that easily convinced, but if remote work seems like a viable option, it's worth a try, and the post offers some good talking points.

Play Up Productivity When Pitching Remote Working [WebWorkerDaily]


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    Our office is having a level added to it over the holiday period this year, which requires a few weeks of the building being a work site, not an office. Since we cant just stop the company for a few weeks, we've cranked up a few things we were planning to make it possible for most staff to do most of their work from home - https access for the database, webmail, vpn/terminal server for the more involved work, and so on.

    I've warned my boss that once we open this floodgate, we're not going to be able to close it again - every single worker will get a taste of the time they save updating client data from home instead of driving up to an hour in to the office, the way it changes and frees up their life. They wont be locked down to getting into the office before 5pm, as long as they account for the right amount of time.

    Essentially, it's the future, and it's good for almost everybody involved...but we have some very strict contracts with our customers. once we get back into the office we'll have to lock some things back down to local-only access. I don't think I'm going to be a popular man then.

    Read the book The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss

    Our resistance to telework tells a tale of the difficulty society has of breaking habits. About 6 years ago I left my job with the NSW Public service because of the disgust I felt when my boss roused me out of his office after I suggested to him that I could claim 12 hours per week if I worked from home three days in every week. Although things in reality haven't changed much since then, one gets the feeling that discussions are turning more positive.

    From our first day at school, society tells us that work is a social activity that requires each of us to come together physically even if technology allows us to keep distance between ourselves. Hence, we are socially acclimatised to work together. If we are to break this habit, it probably should start when we start school.

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