Blog, Teleworking

So you’re driving over an hour each way to get to work each day…just to sit at a computer that you also have at your house.

You’ve seen other friends and colleagues figure out how to work from home a couple days a week, and you think that might be something you could benefit from.

There’s the savings in transportation costs, of course, and the fact that you’re sure you will be more productive.

But what you’re not sure about is how your boss will take the idea.

“To win your supervisor’s approval to telework, you will need to create a clear and concise case,” advises Telework!VA. You should “detail how working offsite will benefit your productivity. Include the dynamics of how and why you or your team will be more efficient working offsite. Creating and presenting this case will show your initiative and demonstrate that you’ve thoroughly thought out your request.”

Want to get started? Here’s some steps for you to take.

Make a Plan

Make a detailed list of the specific tasks you can effectively complete away from the office. Describe how you will effectively communicate with your office, team and management while working offsite. Then, think through and anticipate any questions your supervisor may have, and have answers ready.

Make the Case

Carefully detail how a telework program will benefit your productivity, your department, and your supervisors. Whenever possible, quantify benefits, including increased productivity, improved morale and company loyalty, decreased absenteeism and reduced traffic congestion.

Set a Meeting

After compiling the research and writing your case, you’ll be ready to present your rationale to your supervisor. Remember to anticipate questions and answer them with care and confidence. Most importantly, teleworking must be a win-win for both you and your boss.

Find more resources for teleworking at Telework!VA.

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