Now that restrictions are scaling back, many do not want to return to the office. An April 2020 IBM study polled more than 25,000 U.S. adults and found that 54 percent of respondents would prefer remote to be their primary way of working.
But what if you do not work for Ford or Facebook? What if your employer is not altering work policies and expects everyone to be back in the office once restrictions are lifted?
If you are in that position, and want to work remote, here are five things to consider before having that conversation with your superior.
Consider the difference between the following examples:
Example 1: “If I can work from home, I’ll be able to spend more time with family and friends, and save money commuting.”
Example 2: “Studies have shown a boost in remote productivity over office-based productivity. Not to mention, working from home will allow the company to save more than $5,000 a year.”
Which of these two examples do you think your boss will find more convincing?
If you do participate in a trial run, make sure, at the very least, that your work remains constant. Ideally, you improve and become more productive. It is always harder to argue with results.
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