Arguments and tips how to convince your boss about remote working
Updated: Nov 1, 2021
There is more than one good argument to continue working in a home office or even remotely abroad after the corona period. We want to give you some food for thought so that YOU can also benefit from working remotely. Maybe even from the Madeira Homeoffice!?
At the latest in the Corona crisis, many employees and managers have learned that in order to do a good job, you do not necessarily have to sit permanently in the company building and in the office. The "compulsion" for employees to enjoy the freedom of the home office has shown that it can very well also bring many advantages and even often creates a win-win situation. According to the German Employees' Health Insurance Fund (DAK), a slight majority of 58 percent of Germans could imagine working at least partially from home in the future.
Unfortunately, for many superiors, the office remains THE preferred workplace. However, those who dare to take the step and work remotely for several weeks should have a few arguments in tow as to why remote work experience abroad can not only increase work productivity and motivation. It is important to make the win-win situation very clear.
1. "I am more productive at home/in familiar surroundings."
This statement is too general for now - it is important here to support it with individual arguments and give concrete examples.
2. "My job is more compatible with my private life."
This is a very important and decisive side effect for the employees concerned, only presumably this will convince very few managers. Again important to argue here: Clearly highlight advantages for the opposite side.
3. "I am less stressed at home/in a foreign environment."
A smart move here is to indirectly but clearly demonstrate to the company what stresses you out at your usual place of work that can be avoided at home or in a remote work situation. An example of this would be the noise level in an open-plan office, which often leads to mistakes, which can be avoided in a quiet working environment.
4. "Work tasks can be handled easily and without problems from the home office."
What tasks are we talking about here? Bring specific examples that illustrate to your boss that you don't have to rely on sitting in the office to get your tasks done reliably and quickly. You'll be especially convincing if you demonstrate how you can counteract his alleged loss of control.
5. "Saved costs for the company."
THE classic win-win situation is that the company has the potential for significant savings if a job is shared with several colleagues or possibly even abandoned altogether. Here, one could proactively offer to take care of the group organization and test the concept with responsibility in order to gain groundbreaking experience for future work in the company.
6. "Maintaining the "we-feeling"."
In addition to the classic concerns of not being able to satisfactorily accomplish the work that needs to be done, many managers are primarily concerned that the working atmosphere and team feeling in the company will be lost as a result of home office and remote working. In this case, it is necessary to disarm the concerns of managers by (again) proactively proposing to take care of these concerns as an organizer in spite of everything and to establish various forms of team-building measures in the company in the future as well.
In summary: Always put the win-win situation in the foreground in negotiation talks and proactively offer yourself to organizations that revise the feared disadvantages on the part of the executives. Also, make it clear that home office and/or remote work will be THE future, and that the sooner companies embrace it and make it part of their permanent repertoire, the more competitive and successful they will be, as it will become standard for employees to demand it more and more confidently and naturally. So, take heart and seek a conversation with your manager today!