Whether you’re hoping to stay with your current employer or start fresh with a new one, getting approval to work from
home will require more than saying, “How about it?” Asking to work from home is a major step that could affect your future with the company. Treat your proposal to telework just as you would a major client presentation or critical work assignment.
Many employers still believe that they’re granting teleworkers a big favor. Your employer might, for example, worry that you won’t be as efficient or productive, that you’ll be harder to supervise, or that your absence will hurt team-building and morale. It’s up to you to do your homework and be ready to address these issues head on.
You’ll need to prove that you’re a good candidate for telework by providing solid business reasons for working at home, rather than making a personal plea. If you tell your employer that you’d like to work at home because you don’t want to miss a moment of your new baby’s development, or because you’d rather be at the gym than fighting rush hour traffic, your work-from-home proposal might not even get off the ground.
This chapter will show you how to show your employer the business benefits of your proposal, set up a work schedule and communication plan, and put it all together into a formal telework proposal. Then we’ll give you tips on conducting a face-to-face meeting with your manager where you’ll explain the plan you’ve worked out and present your written proposal for follow-up review.