How To Chat To Your Boss About WFH Flexibility

During COVID, working from home was more of a need than a luxury. However, now that the majority of people have been vaccinated, it seems like companies are prepared to call their employees back in.

But, now that we have all become accustomed to working from home, and we have discovered just how much more productive we can be, going back to the office doesn’t seem so great, right?

Good news is that more and more companies are agreeing to remote work – either part time or full time – but what about those companies who are not as agreeable? Below are a few tips on how you can ask for WFH flexibility without appearing lazy, unmotivated, or uncommitted. 

There’s no need to put out a desperate plea to your boss, asking them to just let you do it your way. You can instead plan a more strategic talk with your boss and get a permanent WFH contract, or at least a long-term extension to your current working situation.

Here are the first steps that’ll help you talk to your boss in a professional, yet convincing manner:

Be Clear About Your Motive

Remember, you’re not doing anything wrong. Just like it’s okay to ask for an extended leave or a raise or a promotion, it’s also okay to ask for WFH according to your workplace policies. So, when you enter your boss’s office, make sure you’re very clear about what you want and why. Instead of being suggestive and unclear, you need to ensure that you communicate openly with your boss. 

  • Don’t say this: “I was wondering how much longer I can still receive work from home benefits.”
  • Say this instead: “Hey, I’ve been thinking about how WFH suits my career, so I’d like to talk to you about keeping it that way from now on.”

Present Why WFH Is Beneficial for you

WFH isn’t just about you – and it can create resentment if presented as a one-sided benefit. You need help your boss see how the arrangement is good for everyone in the long-term.

  • Don’t say this: “I just feel like my sleep schedule is much better, so I feel more relaxed while working from home.”
  • Say this instead: “Here’s a timeline of how I’ve progressed over the years while working with you, and look, my progress has been exponential during the work from home phases.”

Tip: Don’t just talk about the perks you have in WFH, but also have some hard evidence to present to your boss.

There is no shortage of remote work stats to help you justify your request. Here are just a few that you can present:

Explain How Your WFH Benefits Your Workplace

The next phase of your conversation should link your personal and professional WFH benefits with the greater good of the organisation. In simpler words, you may explain to your boss everything that’s beneficial for them if they permit you to continue to work from home. 

This may include an overall cost breakdown and comparison to show how you’re working from home costs lesser organisational resources. You can also talk about how your increased efficiency during WFH can get more accomplished than your regular office presence.

  • Don’t say this: “You see, working from home allows me to take more naps, and that increases my productivity.”
  • Instead, say this: “By working from home, I deal with fewer disruptions, and I can easily communicate everything with my colleagues through online coordination apps.”

Conclusion

Getting your boss to allow you to WFH isn’t as risky as it seems. In fact, if you follow this three-step plan, you can surely negotiate a suitable WFH arrangement within one or two meetings with your higher-ups.

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Author: Alex Cole is a Specialist Building Services Recruiter with Responsum. He’s always interested in networking with Building Service professionals. He loves talking football, is hoping to get on the property ladder soon, and visits Tenerife every year!

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