How to ask your employer to make remote working the new normal

We’ve seen large companies like Facebook and Google and other major Fortune 500 companies make groundbreaking announcements about their long term and permanent plans for building their remote workforce, but there are some other companies that are ready to get back to business as usual. Because of the COVID19 pandemic, many employees have become adjusted to this new normal of remote work and want it to keep it this way. In fact, according to a recent study, almost 50% of employees say they would like to WFH.

The Chief Transparency Officer of TransparentBusiness, Moe Vela believes that employees should be able to ask their employer to add a remote work option as a new employee benefit for their company.

5 Top tips to ask your employer to consider permanent remote working:

Work Out the Logistics Ahead of Time

If you want your boss to take your proposal seriously, make sure you’ve got all the details worked out before you bring it up. i.e. I have a designated space at my home, I have demonstrated that I’m self-disciplined, I’m willing to use remote workforce software to be held accountable, etc

Come prepared with Research

Explain how working remotely benefits your company and your boss. i.e. it saves the employer on the average of $11,000 per employee per year, less absenteeism, healthier workforce, happier workforce, better work-life balance, more time with family, more time for self-care, less commercial office space rent and office-related expenses, etc

Highlight increased performance level 

Every study shows that a remote workforce is a more productive workforce and if you use existing technology like video conferencing, file sharing and remote workforce management software, efficiencies improve and accountability and transparency improve all while respecting the privacy of the employee

Determine your ask

Remember that if you seek a hybrid solution (some days remote and some days in-office), you are weakening your argument on the savings to your employer.  The ultimate argument to the employer is that if they use technology to monitor and coordinate, the need for commercial office space will be stricken from their expenses and save them lots of money, all while productivity, efficiency, cohesion, morale and client/customer service all improve in a remote workforce model.

If your specific role/job would be better performed remotely, be clear about why and how  ie. any computer-based work is very conducive to a remote work model.   WFH means less distractions, more flexibility, less monotony, more focused, more productive, etc.  Studies show that remote workers “go the extra mile” and actually work more diligently and longer hours because they are so happy with the benefits of the model.