Barring the recent idiocy decision from Yahoo; there’s a growing trend for employers to allow for remote users. Some people refer to this as working from home, telecommuting or teleworking; basically the person doing the job is doing everything without having to physically go to the office. Some employees want to work from home to save things like fuel, time and frustration.
The average worker travels around 30 miles a day, if not more, to get to work. Someone can leave their home in a perfectly good mood, and when they get to work completely stressed/frustrated and worn out from having to deal with traffic problems, but telecommuters don’t have this problem. They get up, get dressed, make some coffee, turn on the laptop or PC and login…
Telecommuters typically put in more hours at home that office workers because there is no office commute to work. There’s no traffic to put up with. People who work from home typically log into work early, stay on task, complete more projects and have a higher performance record than their counterparts.
People who work from home can do this because they avoid all of the daily enter office politics and scuttlebutt just random discussions; it’s easier for them to stay on task and do what they need to do.
Telecommuters are typically happier working from home and having to deal with rush-hour traffic every day and they enjoy the benefits of saving money on office close and any transportation fees. This includes tolls, all changes, car repairs; the list goes on. This puts us positive spin on the telecommuting and ultimately you have a happier employee.
Companies that hire telecommuters open up a whole new door of potential employees. Telecommuters can work from anywhere. Anywhere as long as there’s an Internet connection. Even if the telecommuter is in a different time zone, as long as that person is working when they should be; it doesn’t matter. Telecommuters can be working from halfway around the world and there’s absolutely no impact.
But working from home is not for everyone.
Working from home requires a certain level of discipline and self motivation. The truth is that some people can’t trust themselves to stay on task if there unsupervised; this is what companies fear the most. Companies fear hiring someone remotely and then that person not being productive; they lose money and productivity.
But what if you want to work from home and your current employer doesn’t offer options for telecommuting? what arguments can you make to them to let you work from home?
Employers need the presented with information that’s going to convince them that even though you’re not in the office, you’re still going to be very productive and it’s going to save them money.
- employers who allow telecommuters typically wind up with more productive workers
- more productive hours worked
- less cost in utilities [facility , water , electricity]
Let your employer know that you’re going to provide the Internet connection, phone line and other resources to stay connected to the office and be available.
If this is the first time that your company is even looked at allowing someone to work remotely, you might approach this as a beta test. Approach it as an opportunity for your company to take on remote users, establish the infrastructure for remote users and try to evaluate the benefits of having telecommuters. work with your employer to see if you can work from home one or 2 days a week to get the ball rolling to something more permanent.
Try to convince your employer that your time in the office has been productive, argue your track record of being a consistent office worker, remind them of your ability to work independently and you have the discipline and self motivation to stay on track and do what needs to be done.
When you come to your employer with the opportunity/discussion over allowing remote users or having the opportunity to work from home; put your thoughts and ideas into writing. When you discuss this with your employer, it’ll be a reference for talking points, but also something that you can leave with your supervisors/managers so they can reference later and remind them of the benefits that you’re trying to offer them. In the discussion over working from home, make sure that you stay on your talking points; try not to deviate too much from the point you’re trying to get across.
You don’t want to waste their time, you want to sell your reasoning of working from home. Arguing the option to work from home may be a little bit easier if your position with the company is pivotal.
Unfortunately, not all companies can take on remote users. The company may not have the infrastructure to allow for remote users, but there are options like PCAnywhere, GoToMeeting and TeamViewer , if you’re just looking for solutions for access to a PC remotely. Sometimes people are physically required to be in the office to do certain functions. For instance, if you’re employer runs into a situation where you’re having to call someone in the office to physically file something, pick up something or do something for you; your telecommuting days are going to be short-lived.
There are definite benefits to working remotely, but if you’re going to convince your employer to let you work remotely, there have to be more benefits for them than you.
Do you work from home; what you think of your current position?
Do you have any suggestions for people who want to work from home, or who are currently working from home?
Larry Henry Jr.